First Farai fumes at 'Big Five' snub

HARARE - First Farai yesterday lashed out at music promoters Josh Hozheri and Patson Chimbodza for snubbing him from the Big Five year-end gig.

The burly musician was speaking at a press conference to mark Chipaz Promotions’ 10th anniversary. A gig to mark the milestone is scheduled for April 11 at Gwanzura Stadium.

“These people do not want to give us money, that is why you find at the end of the year they come up with the Big Five, picking only five people,” Farai said. “We are in the industry, we will be working for the whole year from January to December but the last gig has five people as if they are the only musicians in the country. It’s wrong.”

The Big Five are Alick Macheso, Suluman Chimbetu, Jah Prayzah, Winky D and Oliver Mtukudzi.

Farai said the so-called ‘Big Five’ musicians only play in Harare most of the times.

“For one to be determined as the best it is not about playing music in Harare but Zimbabwe as a whole,” Farai said. “That Big Five gig must be dismantled with immediate effect, there must be a gala for every musician, otherwise vanhu vanonzi (these people) Big Five vaye vanoridzira vanhu vashoma pagore (play for a few people the whole year), we play for thousands of people, they only play for the people in Harare and they are called Big Five.

“There is no one who is better that the other because every musician has his own following, so the last gig must have every musician in Zimbabwe.”

He added that being his own man, he deserves recognition.

“I started music on my own and I feel prejudiced when I don’t qualify for that,” he said. “I write my own songs. I am telling you what is coming from the bottom of my heart, these two promoters oppress us.”

In response, Chipaz said they will simply be looking for the best in the music business.

“To us promoters, what Farai has said is a valid point but it is only that Big Five is a Harare event hence we choose artistes who are crowd pullers in the area,” he said. “I cannot choose an artiste who is popular outside Harare but does not have much following in Harare. Music promotion is business, hence we also need to make money at the same time.”

Comments (1)

First Farai you cannot compare your self with artists like oliver and alick. Whilst I appreciate your desire to bring your music even to the remote places of the country you will agree with me that you still need to do more. Ndatenda

chatipfotyo - 26 March 2014

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