Soul Jah in another no-show

MUTARE - Controversial Zimdancehall star Soul Jah Love failed to turn up for his Saturday night show at The Platinum despite having been paid in advance for the concert.

A miffed Esau Mupfumi, who promoted the show, told the Daily News that he frantically tried to contact the musician in vain as his phone was continually unreachable.

“Soul Jah Love’s dancer later showed up at the venue after 0200 hours claiming that the musician had suddenly become unwell which was clearly untrue,” said Mupfumi.

“When I followed up on the claims, I discovered that he was clearly drunk.”

Mupfumi wants the errant Zimdancehall artiste to pay back the money he was given in advance to perform at the show that never was.

“I cannot expect him to fulfil our contractual agreement any time soon because I don’t think even his fans will come even if we were to try so I want him to pay back the money I paid him and the costs I incurred,” he said.

Mupfumi added that he would not give the Ndini Uya singer another gig anytime soon.

“These youngsters need to learn to respect their work by being professional,” said the owner of the recently rebranded The Platinum.

Interestingly, the same venue had hosted a successful show by another Zimdancehall artiste, Seh Calaz, who gave a sterling performance.

“Seh Calaz was splendid. He gave a five-star performance and we were hoping that Soul Jah Love would provide a fitting cap to our weekend. It is very disappointing,” Mupfumi said.

This is the second time this year that Soul Jah Love has failed to show up for a scheduled concert. Last month, he was banned from performing at the Book Café after reporting three hours late for a show.

The award-winning musician, who was born Soul Masaka, angered Book Café management after turning up at 11pm for a concert that was scheduled to start at 8pm.

Soul Jah Love also worsened matters by refusing to perform for the small crowd of 30 fans that had patiently waited for his show. The fans had to be refunded.

Thomas Brickhill, the managing director of the Book Cafe, told the Daily News then that it was a disappointment he would not want to deal with again.

“I will never book him again for shows at the Book Café as this is disappointing,” he said.

 

Comments (2)

Promoters should ask for medical reports so they understand the kind of person they will be dealing with. I for one would want to defend Saul for failing to turn up for the show. I know and have seen the youngster suddenly falling very sick because of a known medical condition. He could have drunk yes, but sickness does not what time to attack which means sober or drunk you still fall sick. The youngman needs our help and support than condemnation.

Cee Gee - 13 February 2015

i personally disagree with the paper coz sickness is more like an accident we all do not expect it and signing a contract doesnt mean you have to perform in beyond your capacity. Promotters need to investigate on the health of artists.

MAFANA - 14 February 2015

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