Bryan Adams's not-so sold out show

HARARE - Canadian soft-rock star, Bryan Adams’s purportedly sold out concert at the Harare International Conference Centre, HICC in Harare was a snub to Zimbabweans as tickets were sold underground, most of them to the white community.

Interestingly and suspiciously, the first time Zimbabweans knew about the concert was when the organisers, Davies Events announced early this month that tickets were already sold out.

“A total of 3 475 tickets were sold within 13 hours. We are looking forward to a great show. Some people have given us their details in case of cancellations. We have a waiting list, but as it stands, there are no more tickets,” said the organisers.

It was the secrecy surrounding the concert that has left many ordinary Zimbabweans shell shocked as there was no pre-publicity or details on where were people could purchase tickets.

The million dollar question is how the 3 475 people, almost all of them whites, managed to know about the concert and buy tickets. Even the media was surprised at the announcement that Adams’s tickets had already sold out.

Whoever the organisers of the concert are, they have left more questions than answers on what really transpired.

While there were controversies raised by some section of the media in his home country, Canada over the political connotations of his performing in Zimbabwe, here his millions of fans saw nothing amiss in having such an entertainer grace our country.

Like his manager told Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper: “Bryan is an international artist with a worldwide audience, whether it is Pakistan or Vietnam or Zimbabwe.”

The manager added: “To paraphrase what he (Adams) has said over the course of his 30-plus-year career, everywhere he goes, kids wanna rock. Music will, I hope, always remain a universal language.”

Adams has a lot of fans in Zimbabwe, not only whites and I would bet my last dollar that the majority in the country who are fans of the rock star outnumber the whites by multiple folds and would have wanted to attend.

But why the secrecy on this particular concert?

The orgnisers of this concert are solely to blame for this mess as they did not publicly advertise the concert by such a high profile international musician.

Does Adams know that this is what happened — that the concert was exclusive to a particular audience?

And Davies Events should have a strong network of buddies that is able to send word and sell tickets within such a short time.

That indeed is frightening and a record especially for a concert of this magnitude.

After all, Zimbabweans are known for rushing for tickets towards the day of the show and more often on the actual day itself.

While the Zimbabwe gig was such a secret, already we know where Adams performs next and it is public knowledge.

Adams will make a stop-over for a show in Cape Town on January 28 at the Grand Arena before taking his act to Port Elizabeth on January 29 at Feather Market.

The singer will conclude his tour on January 31 at the ICC in Durban.

Adams is not the first international star to grace Zimbabwe where everyone had equal access to tickets as we have had Western and country superstar Don Williams and rock star Bruce Springsteen among several others performing in Zimbabwe, and to everyone.

While we acknowledge that this was a private initiative by the organisers, it is the calibre of appearing to segregate that usually brews division in a country like Zimbabwe where all races mix together well.

Look at the Harare International Festival of the Arts, Hifa, it brings together all races in song and dance.

Tickets at Hifa are sold to anyone and no one complains if shows are sold out because it is done transparently.

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe should not turn a blind eye to such promotions in which shows are held in the country and sections of society have no access as this will become a trend.

It should stop!

And you tend to wonder — which year we are in?

Comments (64)

I am a black Zimbabwean who learnt about this show way back in November 2013. On the 13th of November, that is when i started seeing media reports that the show had bee sold out.http://www.3-mob.com/?p=13506 ..Not early this month!!

Saskia - 27 January 2014

Are you serious? The tickets were announced in the paper and on the radio a few days before they went on sale. Just because the majority of people who attended the show were white it does not mean they are racist. What an absolutely stupid article, get that chip off your shoulder.

Isac Hunt - 27 January 2014

just to add on to my earlier post, reporter has previously worked as a music promoter and might still have links to that industry and this appears to be an attempted smear campaign at rivals that I would not expect to be carried in this newspaper. Takabva kure nayo Daily News iyi, musabvongodzeba.

Saskia - 27 January 2014

This concert was announced late last year, in the print media as well as on ZiFm (not sure about the other radion stations because I do not listen to them). I also remember seeing a picture of people who were said to have slept in the queue waiting for the tickets on the day the tickets were being sold. I was actually saying to myself at the time how can they sell tickets for a show that is penciled for end of January next year? I did not buy the ticket neither did I attend the show but I am surprised by this report from The Daily News. You are giving people wrong information. Maybe what you could have been saying is they should have left a few hundred tickets for those who wanted to buy at the gate on the day. Otherwise I think this is a first and most Zimbabwean promoters must try to follow this example. Even if the tickets had been sold at Mbare Musika or Machipisa in November, I doubt if they would have sold more than 10 tickets because we, especially isu ana Museyamwa, we are used to buying tickets after the artiste has arrived!!!!!

Blair - 27 January 2014

Even if you had a genuine issue I guess it is watered down by the fact that this is a post event report, Im sure you knew about the "secrecy" around the ticket sales way before the Friday show and wouldn't it have made more sense if you had written your article then? For you to start complaining now (after the show) indeed leaves a lot to be desired. On another hand I agree with you that the show did not receive much media attention, perhaps organisations like the ZTA could have ridden on the event to further market Zim as safe tourist destination as long as they dont politicise the event

Ngwena - 27 January 2014

These are baseless allegations. The reporter is an ex promoter, he i strying to smear rivals. This event was pronounced last year in October/november to everyone. If you didnt have the $100 asking price dont blame the whites who attended. Dailynews mashandiswa nemunhu uyu to fight his wars in the promotion business.

Zero - 27 January 2014

Yes it does make you wonder, How a person like you gets to write for a newspaper? Possibly the worst reporting ever in the whole world...

Isac Hunt - 27 January 2014

This article is misplaced to say the least. I was aware of this show in October last year when it was announced by 3-mob on their website (www.3-mob.com) and I couldn't get the ticket as I was in Namibia that time. To try and play the race card in this case is utter rubbish and I strongly condemn this writer for that. Yes, the $100 entry fee was heavy but zvinonaka zvinodhuraka. Bryan Adams cannot charge the same fees as those charged by Daiton Somanje just because "some" black people cannot afford. And please Mr Reporter (Maxwell Sibanda), according to 3-mob this concert was being done courtesy of Telecel Zimbabwe a company where almost half of the shareholders are indigenous Zimbabweans. For the avoidance of doubt please for yourself here http://www.3-mob.com/?p=13451

Nesongano - 27 January 2014

this is rubbish journalism, the journalist is attempting to paint the picture of a racist show and yet facts show that information was available in the public domain. kana iwewe waisaziva kwaaiwanikwa then shut your hole up

bledza - 27 January 2014

i think a lot of you are missing the point and if you want to tell us that the advert for the show came out on http://www.3-mob.com/?p=13451....really, do you think ordinary Zimbabweans have any access to it? I am one of Bryn Adams' fans and I was so angry when I heard that tickets had been sold by as early as 18 nov...and that is the first I heard about the concert. And to imagine that Telecel Zimbabwe poured money into the concert and could not maximise on Adams' show is ignorance on their part. I opened that site, and it is run by Three Men on a Boat...and you expect us to read Three Men on a Boat to know about the concert? Spare us a thought - that concert was daam full of whites...please we are no longer in apatheid Rhodesia....wake up and feel the coffee

eddie - 27 January 2014

This performance was sponsored by TELECEL with ZIFM and BIG CONCERTS as per the posters ADVERTISING Bryan Adams. I think you should call them and ask how they kept this show "underground" im sure they will have an answer to the MILLION DOLLAR question. I think you should do some research before posting "claims" that have no backing to.

Jason - 27 January 2014

The promoter announced the concert through 3-mob on their website (www.3-mob.com) because they knew not many blacks read it and it worked. Bryn Adams came and played for his cousins and uncles, and left black Zimbos. We love Adams and had money to pay for that concert and from press photos the HICC was not even full. It is sad that Telecel goes to promote such shows when they can not support Alick Macheso or even sponsor national sports teams. We, black Zimbabweans use that mobile network. We need answers from Telecel. The writer wrote an opinion article, he is entitled to it. The stubborn fact remains that tickets were sold in secret - where was the box office? At Three Men on a Boat...whoever these three men on a boat are...Zimbaweans it is time to wash your face and rub yor eyes

Merrylin - 27 January 2014

Rubbish. Musatinyaudza apa. Endayi kwaSulu, Ochestra Kubvoruno nekuaana Madzibaba ndivo vamunoziva. Bryan Adams makamuzivira kupi kungoda kukwana pesepese nepamusingakwani. Handimi munoti pasi nevarungu?Pfutseke vapfanhami.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 27 January 2014

I think the show promoters had every right to hold a show for their kith and kin, it is normal also to have an underground network. Did you know that there are even more underground networks, for example for gays and lesbians...next time they will surely hold a concert that will suprise you. As for the race issue, that will not go away so easily. You think those whites like blacks when you took their land and chased them from their companies. You should be joking to think that they would invite you to such a concert, it wasn't a public concert, it was a club concert and they have various clubs dotted around the country. It is a mentality that will not go and its human!

Mucha - 27 January 2014

I think the show promoters had every right to hold a show for their kith and kin, it is normal also to have an underground network. Did you know that there are even more underground networks, for example for gays and lesbians...next time they will surely hold a concert that will suprise you. As for the race issue, that will not go away so easily. You think those whites like blacks when you took their land and chased them from their companies. You should be joking to think that they would invite you to such a concert, it wasn't a public concert, it was a club concert and they have various clubs dotted around the country. It is a mentality that will not go and its human!

Mucha - 27 January 2014

It is a terrible shame and embarrassment that journalists for the Daily News are so poorly-read and un-informed. The concert was advertised in the widely-accessible local newspapers well before tickets were released. It is very concerning that a 'journalist' such as yourself does not read newspapers or social media, and as such remain so uninformed and out of touch. Try and do some research before publishing unfounded stories...

John - 27 January 2014

Eddie, this show was never announced on 3-mob website, what 3-mob simply did was to reproduce what they had seen on a poster advertising the show somewhere. If you ask them (3-mob) they will tell you that they simply published a story that they picked elsewhere. You must direct your questions to Telecel Zimbabwe, ZIFM and BIG events since they were involved in the organization of this concert. People have choices, that is the reason why some buy their clothes at Mupedzanhamo whilst others buy at Truworths. It all goes down to how well you can afford whatever is on offer.

Nesongano - 27 January 2014

So you guys did NOT know all along that Whites in Zim have an underground networking system : infact an emailing network that enables them to update each other not only about such social events but also about supporting each other's business. Whites support White businesses. Indians Support Indian Businesses. Isu ma blacks we prefer buying from white shop or Indian shop . Thats the reality. The whites around are an exclusive lot. . They are like that and will always be like that. Those racist tendencies though watered down by fatigue are still in their bloodstream. What we blacks should do though is to support each others' business like whites and indians do . Wati wamboona an Indian buying something from a black man's shop iwe ? So that Brian Adams Concert was first advertised in the whites only Emailing system (which you only enter into by invitation - like the CABS PLATINUM CLUB (although the cabs platinum club they try to invite few black members/companies to provide the coconut shell of the coconut). 75% of the tickets where sold on the whites only emailing system and the 25% was open to the general public.

Mupinyu Wasvotoka - 27 January 2014

Fire this reporter....or pretender NOW!!! or send him to the back office to count newspapers returned by vendors!!!!!

Corruption - 27 January 2014

what do u expect black zimbabweans, u are actually think these whites are your friends , wake up and smell the coffee , i have said to my self i do not support any white or indian business am not racist i just reciprocate what they do to us

tindo - 27 January 2014

unbelieveable im very black and proud i dont get it you feel cheated by not going to a show with whites my god how colonialism lives on by crying to attend a white function you only showing how much you yearn their attention have you ever heard them crying to come kwa sulu macheso heroes etc do you even like bryan adams wacho nigga please have some pride

ghetto president - 27 January 2014

reporter hauna nyaya iwew stop tryn to play the race issue.they was a function at a car sale opst same levy village sometime last year and l think that was the time the tickets wr being sold.maida kuti vaende ku Mabvuku tafara etc kunotengesa here when the masses vaichemera mabonus.maizotanga kuchema chema kuti hee varikudhura

yobo - 28 January 2014

Who cares about Adams, after all remember we are anti-west that is why we blacks did not buy the tickets to the show, we will go to Mbare Chimurenga show so no worry.

Tibvirei - 28 January 2014

This is pathetic reporting! Editor please have word with this fool posing as a reporter!This is enciting racial hatred based of a load of rubbish buy a reporter who is clearly way off the mark!Where is your responsible journalism??? This is not becoming of what we are used to from your paper! With this i am canceling my monthly subscription with your paper! If i wanted to read racial hatred id buy the Herald!!!

Cloud - 28 January 2014

this is a misinformed article. such writting does more damage than good to our country. i am black, i knew in advance Bryan Adams was coming, i saw people lining up to buy tickets at the village. there was no secret buddy... just because YOU didnt hear about it doesnt give you the right to write a blanket article based on just your opinion. Ko editor basa renyu ndereyi if you are just allowing all sorts of hogwash to go to press???

ndini - 28 January 2014

If the sentiments expressed here are anything to go by I suggest the Daily News looks into this reporter's way of doing business, something is not adding up. If he is really someone in the business of gathering news how could he have missed adverts which came out in the media. To Maxwell (the reporter) I suggest you stop behaving like Mugarbage, racism is a disease which is contagious and your children may just catch it to their own detriment!

Bingo Wajakata - 28 January 2014

Y ou people miss the full story. Most of tthe first tickets were bought by black interpreneurs who sold the on the black market (excuse the pun) to whites . they had sensed right that they would love to see this fellow and were prepared to pay the high price for them. Ko Nhai ? Zvese zvese "black', zvese zvese "white". Zvatangove zasungwa vekungofunga kuti zvatirivatema Mwari anechigumbu nesu isu vaneganda dema. Get rid of that inferiority complex and set yourself free. We are incubating a generation of children who look at the colour of the skin as what determines where and how far you go. we are becoming racists in our own right . Worse than Verwoed and Voster. At least they felt superior. What about us? Shame,shame ,shame.

Sour grapes - 28 January 2014

Waivepi isu vamwe tichiinzwa. That show ndakatanga kuiziva last year. Ndimi makasara imi

Tsenny - 28 January 2014

This article is mischieviousness at its worst. For those who say they are Bryan Adams, and yet they didn't know about the show - I have this to say, you are not fans. As a fan you would know about your idol's world tour and would make ticket enquiries well in advance.

Chris - 28 January 2014

Please give the racism a break we all sick of this very boring white and black crap. Stop inciting hatred and feeling sorry for yourself. We all knew about the concert long ago. Just live and let live. We are sick of the same old broken record story

zaranoor - 28 January 2014

vanaMucha kani ko kunyarara, minda yavo ipi yaurikutaura ipapa

snowden - 28 January 2014

just imagine the chaos that would have followed had the show been advertised, like we do for other artists. 3500 was the number that HICC can capacitate, the venue HICC was convinient cause of the type of show Adams with an acostic guitre, if it had beeb open air then the desired effect would not have been achieved. You might have been a fan of Adams but very sorry if yiou missed out, such is life very unfair. some things we just have got to accept how they are. this is business the promoter realised there was no need to spend monies on advertising, logistics were then cut, it only took him 3 days to sell Friday to Sunday (Nov 15 - 17). To be honest the promoter is a genious, he knows how to make money, there werent any funky flushly stage works etc, Adams ddnt bring a band meaning expenses for upkeep of band were minimised. Anyway my point is this is business there is no law in Zim that says shows should be advertised extensively, as long as protocols are followed in this case there were, all is gud just make your money. So in this case the reporter is out o context

dhudha - 28 January 2014

it was an exclusive event for exclusive "peoples" ,its not racist they jst dnt want the large rowdy crowds , have pride in yourselves if u were not invited why invite yourself

tindo mawindo - 28 January 2014

Reporter I support you. This is classic racism why was the audience predominantly white. Over 1000 white people in one place in Zimbabwe, you've got to be kidding me. This is characteristic of whites in Zimbabwe, they like to segregate themselves from blacks. We moved into the leafy surburbs, they started moving out. To this day they retreat to certain corners even in Harare. As large as Harare CBD is, how often do you see white people walking in town. Hardly! Coz they don't want to mix with us. They only hangout in borrowdale, westgate, avondale, etc those malls far from the CBD. When we try to eat out there, we are charged much more than them so that we stay away. The truth is whites are like that, my friends racism is still there in Zim. Thanks to independence we don't suffer much

bibi - 28 January 2014

Reporter I support you. This is classic racism why was the audience predominantly white. Over 1000 white people in one place in Zimbabwe, you've got to be kidding me. This is characteristic of whites in Zimbabwe, they like to segregate themselves from blacks. We moved into the leafy surburbs, they started moving out. To this day they retreat to certain corners even in Harare. As large as Harare CBD is, how often do you see white people walking in town. Hardly! Coz they don't want to mix with us. They only hangout in borrowdale, westgate, avondale, etc those malls far from the CBD. When we try to eat out there, we are charged much more than them so that we stay away. The truth is whites are like that, my friends racism is still there in Zim. Thanks to independence we don't suffer much

bibi - 28 January 2014

I'm not in the mood, culture, circle, or is it anyway part of my dna, to utter obscenities but Mr Reporter Max, let me call you Max, you are stupid wanker. This show yaka buda mumanewspaper and was there on the promoters site and Brian Adams and twitter facebook. Do your research before you start writting things you have NO KNOWLEDGE off why do you want to behave like psychopath kuramhani. Kusaziva rufu # zidzoro

007 - 28 January 2014

Bibi...I wonder if you live in the same place as we all do. You had every opportunity to go and stand in a long queue the same as all these "racist whites" to buy your own ticket to attend the show. Maybe you think yourself above standing in queue's...or just plain bone idle !!...I would really love to see your bill when you eat out that you charged so much more than whites...but guess maybe you can't count or do addition like any educated person is able to, or you have plundered the country's resources so much that cash to you means nothing. I suggest you get a real life, worry about yourself and not what others get upto and maybe you will find things somewhat rosier. Oh and lastly....do you really want to hang out with whites...what is wrong with your own people...or they not good enough for you.

Johnbo - 28 January 2014

aiwa zve zvaida kuti uyu Adams zvitaure pa Ztv na Kaseke kuti ari kuwuya .Musi wanooya aitambirwa nan Kaseke ne limo yekwa Sammy woenda ku hotera kundodya navo ,to shame the dicractors that Zimbabwe is a safe destination .Mangwana acho pozoduba mi pikicha mu herald ainana Kaseke , ne mamwe ma minister

cde - 28 January 2014

these are lies at their best, the show was advertised and we knew since last year (i am very black) that he was coming here, don't post such and start a non existent fire. its unfortunate some people like to wait till the last minute to buy tickets for a show and thus missed the opportunity to see Adams perform because there were limited tickets which were in demand. Next time check your fact thoroughly before you embarrass yourself, the editor and the paper.

sad - 28 January 2014

Show iyi yavaAdams yakataurwa gore rapera. Mari chete ndiyoyatakashaya. Musanyepe

Tawanda - 28 January 2014

Mupinyu Wasvotoka , this secret white emailing system you speak of is Facebook, you open an account, you like Davies Events and voila!! you are now a part of the secret information sharing circle! I did not attend the concert myself so cannot speak to the percentage of blacks, whites or indians that did attend - I would however say that at a concert performed by a 80's style soft rock concert I would expect that the majority of the crowd in Zimbabwe would be made up of white zimbabweans not racists but actual fans of Bryan Adams…? I cannot say for certain but I am assuming that Bryan Adams doesn't have a huge following in sub 30 age group, or in the black community ..? If a Tuku concert is attended largely by black Zimbabweans (which they are I have attended two) does that make Tuku or his fan base racisit? Or perhaps I am missing the point of this article and some of the comments - must all Zimbabweans regardless of race, age, gender and religion all like the same music in order not to be marked a racist …? Seriously!

Lindsay - 28 January 2014

Grow up! why try and stir a race pot here? I was in the queue because we heard the adverts and I bought as many tickets as I could for resale. That whites bought them just means they wanted them and had the cash to pay me my price. Pliz fire this reporter NOW.

Sipho - 29 January 2014

the audience was largely white cause this is their type of music.shows dont have to be forced on people.such reporting is nonsense.wether we like it or not we are completely different culturally .

mukadota - 29 January 2014

Ridiculous article. I now lI've in New Zealand and even I heard of this concert back in Nov last year before tickets went on sale. I remember a number of friends posting on Facebook about queueing for tickets. So what, it was an intimate performance - ALOT of bands do this sort of thing all around the world - hell I saw Counting Crows in Sydney four years ago with only 400 people. They could have sold 20000 tickets if they wanted but chose to do a smaller venue. I do wonder how some people get jobs as journalists... there really is no story in this 'news' story.

Lauren - 29 January 2014

Are you serious? The tickets were announced in the paper and on the radio a few days before they went on sale. This is the most pathetic thing I have ever read. Get your facts straight before you publish things! There were not only whites at the concert but any other cultures too. It has nothing to do with racism

1807 - 29 January 2014

This is such bullshit, it was advertised on ZiFM and then tickets went on Sale at Car Guard in Borrowdale where people queued for up to and over 12 hrs just to get tickets. they would only sell 6 tickets per person...... The event company advertise on their facebook page and kept the public well informed, just because you feel hard done by you want to turn it into a racist issue, it really is pathetic how people still bring up this racist crap.

JZ - 29 January 2014

I always considered Daily News one of the better papers in Zimbabwe - however after this 'article' I will never buy the paper again. It was announced early on the friday morning by ZIFM where the tickets would be sold - yes several people already knew bryan adams was coming but did not know when he was coming or how or where to get tickets until it was announced and the queue started almost immediately at Car Guard in Borrowdale. The secret community that you speak about is FACEBOOK!! It is absurd to suggest that this was racist because whites were the majority of the audience - we all queued for our tickets for many hours - anyone was welcome to join the queue. I have never been to a Lucky Dube or Oliver Mtukudzi concert because it is not my type of music - does that make me or him racist!!!???????????? What utterly useless reporting!! You have done the paper harm by printing this article.

Bryan Adams fan - 29 January 2014

As a young white Zimbabwean, I find some of these comments very chilling. Growing up, my 2 best friends at school were black. We played together, hung out together and chatted about everything. There was no stigma or strangeness between us - we were 3 little girls, happy and playing with friends... that was that. I thought that Zimbabweans were moving towards being a united nation, but to see people leaving such comments? To answer your questions - NO there is NO secret network or "emailing system" - once you find 'evidence' of this, then you can claim and accuse people of it. And I myself have been many times into town, to buy things from the stores in town, or to visit some of my friends at Speciss College.... In fact, I enjoy going to Mbare to do some shopping every now and then. I am very tired of people ALWAYS making things about race.... black people AND white people alike. If we could all just see past skin colour, the country could be a much nicer place for all. To the reporter... It disgusts me that people like you are still out there, twisting truths and making black and whites once again feel more hatred towards each other - YOU are just spreading more unnecessary hatred. What kind of person does this?

Angry person - 29 January 2014

Selling tickets to a few of their Friends?why am i not surprised by this?this so-called white community is nothing but crazy-racist hillbillies,i guess it comes from over 100 years of IN-BREEDING!!!

roy - 29 January 2014

Most people on this page have got the gist of the situation and are to be commended for their fairness, honesty and non racist opinions. Others like Bibi, I don't know whether to laugh at or cry for. Such envy & bitterness must be a terrible thing to court everyday - you'll just make yourself sick.

Summer of 69 - 29 January 2014

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