Controversial Zikhali bounces back

HARARE - Controversial arts promoter/manager Courage Zikhali, whose stint as manager of dancehall chanter Soul Jah Love ended on a sour note, says he will no longer be involved with established artistes.

Zikhali,who was forced to annul a contract with Soul Jah Love early last year in which the dancehall artiste was entitled to a Hummer, rented accommodation and a US$1 500monthly salary, believes his services will be better utilised by upcoming artistes.

“My role as manager of Soul Jah Love and Kapfupi ended on a sad note for me. These very popular but unprofessional artistes almost made me quit arts management for good but after being approached by very talented unknown artistes I decided to give it another go,” Zikhali told the Daily News on Sunday.

Despite being repeatedly making headlines for allegedly trying to fleece hapless artistes, Zikhali insisted that he is not into arts promotion to make a quick buck.

“My role in arts management is not driven by the love of money but I am doing so just to develop and nurture talent,” he said.

Zikhali, who runs a bus company, has bounced back as a manager of a little known dancehall artiste called Patricia ‘Miss Tee’ Banda (22).

The controversial arts promoter/manager is convinced that Glen View-based Miss Tee has what it takes to make it to the very top.

“Miss Tee has the potential to scale dizzy heights in the showbiz industry if she gets adequate support,” said Zikhali.

Miss Tee told the Daily News on Sunday that Zikhali is a professional manager who has been victimised by “selfish and dishonest artistes.”

“Artistes need music promoters like Zikhali hence wronging them is as bad as sabotaging other upcoming artistes. It is like killing hen that lays golden egg,” she said.

Miss Tee, who stays with her grandmother, sought the help of Zikhali after she had found it hard to make a breakthrough on the local dancehall scene.

“My parents are both late so I no one to assist me take my music career to a higher level. Despite being a qualified motor mechanic by I was really struggling to make ends meet and in the end I had to swallow my pride and approached Zikhali for assistance,” she said.

“At first he refused to sponsor my musical projects because of his previous experiences with other artistes, however, finally I convinced him and we are now working in harmony.”

Miss Tee broke onto the local dancehall scene with the song ‘Kana Ndasvika’ which was followed by ‘Hondo’ which featured controversial dancehall artiste Lady Bee.

Other tracks by the Glen View-based dancehall artiste which are receiving favourable air play on local radio stations include ‘Ndanga Ndakasimba’, ‘Panyama Nhete’ and ‘Amai.’ The lot of her songs revolve on the plight of women in an abusive society.

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