Time to stop this nonsense!

HARARE - The Zimbabwe music industry is in danger of losing credibility if the current culture of violence and foul language brought by Zimdancehall is not stopped forthwith.

It is time for all the players in the industry to pull their weight and, in one direction, to stop this dangerous and senseless culture which makes almost everyone associated with music, regret having had that interest in the first place.

For the past couple of years, we have continually called for decisive action to halt the culture of violence and intolerance that has been allowed to take root in Zimbabwean dancehall but unfortunately the authorities didn’t pay heed.

And true to our fears, a dancehall gig held at the City Sports Centre recently spawned violent scenes that saw hundreds of music fans suffering injuries.

For those who have attended local dancehall concerts where they have witnessed rampant can-throwing and other acts of indiscipline bordering on plain lawlessness, the chaotic scenes which blighted the ill-fated concert organised by Chipaz Promotions were very predictable.

It is regrettable that immature dancehall artistes have been allowed to become a law unto themselves under our watch.

Even more disturbing is the fact that we have tolerated violent and obscene music from these young artistes which is being played on national radio and in our homes.

Due to our tacit encouragement, violence has now flourished to a level that is now frightening everyone.

Most people now realise that the situation in Zimbabwean dancehall is a ticking bomb with the ability to trigger fatal consequences.

We hope the committee that has just been set up by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe to probe the violence in the country’s dancehall sector is a genuine and bold attempt which will restore sanity to our music sector.

As a country we need to ensure that concerts become, once more, events where people can freely go even with their children without any fears of violence.

Concerts should never be allowed to mirror war zones.

It is interesting to note that  the Sting Dancehall Clash which has seized the attention of the whole country for the wrong reasons was cloned from a similarly named event in Jamaica which has been held annually on December 26 in that country since 1984.

While the popular Jamaican concert has been making a concerted effort to shed its long-held association with violence, Zimbabwe’s Sting appears determined to do the exact opposite.


Comments (3)

That is the plain truths, big up to Daily News, the Zimdance hall thing is just rubbish and full of church mice who are trying to copy cat the rich AMERICAN CULTURE OF VIOLENCE. I dont know who ever gave it the name zimdance hall, that stuff is more or less like sewage stuff and it should be renamed sewer dancehall, period.

reason - 21 November 2014

Dancehall started without violence and hand very few skirmishes. The arrival on the scene of artists from a certain ghetto changed everything! People watched quietly whilst Freeman got 'canned' not so long ago. No one uttered a word of disapproval! Now the same hood artists have taken this diss and gangster thing a gear-up and people are noticing! That Lady Squanda is another one who relishes creating trouble. You win over fans by singing good songs like Tocky kwete kutaura tsvina isingaridzike pane vanyarikani!

True Makepekepe - 21 November 2014

we say no to violence bt on th part of foul language umm handipo coz that makes that genre thrives. Zim Dancehall has quenched our thirsty for muzik. pipo used to listen to American crap, southafrican chakadaro, bt nw with Zim Dancehall we grace our ears with th muzik in our mother tongue

tatese - 22 November 2014

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