Popcaan fights Black Ryno

HARARE - Jamaican dancehall artiste Popcaan - expected in the country today for a New Year’s Eve show - was involved in a fight with former label mate Black Ryno last Wednesday, while performing at a gig in his native Jamaica.

A video of the fracas on YouTube shows Black Ryno forcing his way onto stage barely into Popcaan’s performance.

Security personnel came to the rescue of the Ravin singer who later pushed and kicked Ryno off the stage.

The show, Sting 2012, dubbed as “The Biggest one-night reggae show on earth” was Popcaan’s last performance in Jamaica before flying to Zimbabwe for the show at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) slated for December 31.

Popcaan is being promoted by C and A Entertainment and will headline a concert involving the cream of Zimbabwean dancehall including Winky D, Guspy Warrior and Ricky Fire, Dadza D, Mic Inity and Shinsoman.

Shinsoman, whose real name is Romeo Anthony, got the chance to perform as an opening act to the Jamaican international artiste Popcaan after continually pestering show organisers to include him.

Joe Machingura of Heshi Mfeshi Studios, Shinsoman’s record label, is delighted with the chance that has been presented to the upcoming star.

“You cannot suppress talent and we are grateful to Clint Robinson for helping Shinso to showcase his talent.

“I screamed and jumped with joy when Clint called telling me that Shinso had been given the chance to perform. I have been fighting to get him noticed and this is it.

 “This is the time that he can showcase his talent and I am happy that it will be during a gig involving an international artiste,” said Machingura.

Throughout the year Shinsoman has been pushing to get an opportunity to perform before a large crowd and at one point in time Machingura who doubles as Shinso’s promoter traded harsh words with Godfatha Templeman who has a hand in organising dancehall gigs featuring international artistes in the country.

Machingura accused Templeman of deliberately snubbing Shinso.

“They have organised several shows and Shinso has not made it on the line-up. Templeman usually slots in artistes from  his stable who include Guspy Warrior,” said Machingura in the previous interview with the Daily News.

Show promoter Clint Robinson of C and A Entertainment said he called Shinso to perform in order to give him an opportunity to showcase his talent.

“Machingura first approached me seeking opportunity for Shinso and I considered him.

“Many artistes out there want this opportunity to showcase but if they do not approach us, they will remain unknown to me,” he said. - Vasco Chaya and Sharon Muguwu

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