Dancehall contest descends into chaos

HARARE - Chipaz Promotions’ inaugural dancehall clash dubbed “Sting” descended into chaos on Saturday night after the bill’s main performers Seh Calaz and Soul Jah Love exchanged blows on stage.

The two former friends, who were pitted against each other in the last clash of the dancehall contest, decided to get physical triggering chaos within the packed City Sports Centre.

As if taking cues from Seh Calaz and Soul Jah Love who had unexpectedly fought each other on the caged stage, sporadic fights suddenly erupted among fans.

In a bid to restore order, police fired teargas into the crowd with the aim of ending the mass brawl. Several people got injured while trying to escape from the choking teargas.

Suddenly, the City Sports Centre and its immediate surroundings became a sea of confusion. From outside the venue, people could be seen jumping to safety through ‘windows’ located close to the roof, while others had to push the make-shift wall made of iron sheets to exit the place.

Outside the stadium, pandemonium did not cease as people were fleeing in every direction. Many music fans were scarred by iron sheets, while several others fell during the stampede as they sought the best possible exit points.

The Sting Dancehall Clash, which was cloned from a similarly named event in Jamaica which is held annually on December 26 in that country, had started off smoothly.

Seh Calaz and Soul Jah Love made a grand entry into the caged stage accompanied by their bouncers. Until the unexpected exchange of blows, the two had given it their all as they sought to win the inaugural Sting Dancehall Clash.

But it was clear that Soul Jah Love was the night’s favourite. The crowd went wild each time he dropped a lyrical line. At that point it appeared as if the clash was destined for an exciting finale.

However, the honeymoon was short-lived as the two suddenly fought each other leading to Seh Calaz prematurely leaving the stage.

Soul Jah Love, who remained on the caged stage, could be seen tussling with several men who seemed to be baying for his blood.

The two chanters’ fight was a clear violation of the motto of the Sting Dancehall Clash which denounced violence and the throwing of missiles onto the stage.

Partson Chimbodza, the director of Chipaz Promotions, had called on the artistes to shun violence at all cost in the run-up to the dancehall clash.

“We do not tolerate violence at the event. We urge artistes to do more in restraining their fans from engaging in violent activities,” he said.

Seh Calaz and Soul Jah Love were clearly not in the mood to pay heed to his call for calm.

Earlier on that night, several other dancehall artistes had showcased their prowess.

Freeman, Killer T and Spiderman gave splendid performances as did Terminator who outclassed Qounfuzed.

Lady Squanda — another crowd favourite on the night — gave Soul Jah Love’s wife Bounty Lisa a rude awakening.

Comments (1)

This is very typical of their music. It is lurid and violent and the owners followed suit. If only our children had eyes and minds to see what this means. We need to discourage such type of music here

charles charingeno - 11 November 2014

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