'Promoters stoking dancehall violence'

HARARE - I am one of the founders of the dancehall genre in Zimbabwe and have always been encouraging the youths to take the business seriously.

Dancehall music is about edutainment in line with core values of  Rastafari such as peace and love. Yes, in Jamaica they have an annual show called Sting, and it’s registered and owned by one of Jamaica’s top police officers who goes by the name Laing.

The show is held on Boxing Day (December 26), and the promoter capitalises on the differences between artistes, but it is done professionally.

It is a lucrative business especially when you have two great artistes having differences and hence every year you find him promoting differences in order to cash in on them.

I would like to thank Patson “Chipaz” Chimbodza for taking an interest in Zimdancehall, but I think he has taken it a bit too far and I would like to advise him to slow down.

We know it’s business, but I feel he is a selfish and greedy person. He is in this for money and not to nurture talent.

He should have been the one trying to bridge the differences between Soul Jah Love and Seh Calaz, but instead he focused on how much he was going to pocket, and that is pathetic for a man of his calibre.

As an elder, I expected him to get to the nitty gritties of their differences, and then try and resolve them.

Instead of having a clash, it should have been a get-together show for the two warring artistes rather than having them to clash.

Promoters should guide the artistes in the right direction. I expected a man like him to approach the relevant ministers and tell them that Zimdancehall is a form of employment that has helped so many youths who have been unemployed for a long time. You can for instance help them to set up studios in different areas.

Chipaz was invited to the dancehall setup on a financial basis, and he got hooked on it through greed, it started with the reggae cup, and I think Etherton Beanie asked him to come and help with the promotion.

After that we expected him to run his show but he  kept holding on, and never wanted to let Beanie have it his own way. He can get support from many people he knows.  This dancehall thing belongs to people like Mad Minnox, Eddie Muffin, Mathias Bangure, Ras Jabulani and Robert Zhuwawo.

As for the artistes, I am appalled by your immature behaviour, and I expected better from you boys.

The beef (sic) between Seh Calaz and Soul Jah Love started when they toured England and nearly fought backstage over who had to leave the studio first and go on stage first, very petty indeed!

The beef went viral and this is the end result.

Artistes should not go on tour without a manager. Insist on having your manager and do not just rush to say I am wanted in the UK and I have to go even without my manager.

Maybe some of you do not have competent managers hence you end up in such a predicament.

Even with local shows, do not just jump on the bandwagon, evaluate your contracts, do not just go and make numbers. I respect Tocky Vibes for not gracing the event and that goes with his musical content too.

As for our beloved force, the Zimbabwe Republic Police  (ZRP), I don’t have any kind words for you, you were grossly incompetent in carrying out your duties without due care.

I was not there to witness what actually happened, but for you to throw tear gas in a semi-enclosed environment meant total chaos and I personally hold you and the promoter responsible.

I wonder who ordered the firing of tears gas and what they wanted to achieve and how they feel now.

This is what I have to say about Zimdancehall and its artistes.

Managers should unite and conquer the entertainment calendar, our genre has taken over sungura, chimurenga, urban grooves and many more genres.

Anything you say is a lyric, but always value your lyrics so that your music lives forever. I also advised Calaz and Jah Love  in  a video shot by Paul Simple three months ago, urging them to resolve their differences and concentrate on taking over the entertainment industry.

In a Facebook post on October 7, Mad Minnox even said “Maclash achauraisa vanhu” and sadly this might come to pass.

*Shambare is a music promoter, founding member of Stereo One International and founder of Small Axe Sounds.

Comments (2)

This is quite an open preview by Shambare, music is a passion you should not go into because of money. Gone are the days of promoters of yesteryear who would passionately do it because they love music. Its sad that my brother Chipaz has fallen victim and now we questioning his interests, though I personally think he loves to see talent grow. An artist to note is Jah Prayzer who has openly confirmed the assistance he got from the dear brother Chipaz. I been involved in the music world since I was grade 4 through linkage with Oliver Mtukudzi, I used to admire how the late Robert Mtukudzi would manage the band and brand, he would not rush into a contract because of money but look at all aspects. I remember we used to travel all the way from Kwekwe to Harare to witness clashes at the "Agony Centre" but not even one day did we here of this faned violence between then Stereo One, Mad Minnox , etc

DJ Edta - 13 November 2014

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