We have learnt from past mistakes: Chipaz

HARARE - Chipaz Promotions has promised a violence-free Zimdancehall night as the cream of dancehall artistes converge again on December 19 at Harare’s City Sports Centre for the Zimdancehall Shutdown gig.

Partson Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions said they have learnt from their past mistakes were violence marred their gigs and had put the necessary precautions in place.

“We have improved our lighting system this time around so as to clearly see all the culprits who might incite others by throwing cans on the stage.

“We are also going to decongest the stage unlike in previous gigs and we have put cameras in place to help us in identifying violence culprits,” said Chimbodza.

The Zimdancehall Shutdown will comprise a number of artistes that include Winky D, Soul Jah Love, Dadza D, Killer T, Kinnah, Lady Squanda, Bounty Lisa, Ricky Fire, Cello Culture and Templeman among others.

Mbare-based dancehall artiste Seh Calaz will be missing from the Zimdancehall Shutdown because he is billed to perform in South Africa on the same date.

“Seh Calaz will be performing in Durban on the same date. If he fails to travel to South Africa he will come to the show as a special guest,” said Chimbodza ending speculation that he has dropped Seh Calaz as a way of preventing possible violence at the event.

Last time when Seh Calaz shared the stage with Soul Jah Love and other dancehall artistes at the same venue the event ended up in violence.

Scores of fans were injured in the process after the police reportedly fired teargas in an enclosed joint trying to quell violence stirred by the two artistes.

Of late dancehall fans were no longer comfortable in attending shows owing to the ever increasing acts of violence at dancehall gigs.

“What happened at City Sports Centre was an eye opener to most us fans. Both promoters and musicians are after money and they do not even care about our safety.

“Before the City Sports Centre fracas, fans were thrashed by soldiers at the same venue while attending another dancehall concert hence it is now risk to attend dancehall concerts,” said Pretty Dzapasi a dancehall fan.

Another dancehall fan from Glen View, Tinashe Chamboko, concurred with Dzapasi saying people attend concerts for fun, but when it ceases to be fun then people will simply chicken out.

“We paid money in order to be entertained but the new development in the dancehall industry is not welcome.

“I cannot pay my money to be killed hence it is better to stay at home or find other sources of entertainment than attending dancehall concerts,” said Chamboko.

On the same date Oliver Mtukudzi, Tocky Vibes and Alexio Kawara will be sharing the stage with the house music group from South Africa, Mafikizolo, at a venue situated a stone’s throw away — the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

 

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