Zimdancehall violence will soon be history — Pambuka

HARARE - Television personality Oscar Pambuka says his five-year term in office as patron of Zimdancehall will see an end to rampant violence that has dogged the genre for a couple of years.

Pambuka, who resigned from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings in 2004 when he joined local textile manufacturing company David Whitehead as public relations manager, told the Daily News that the violence characterising Zimdancehall would be history soon.

“We are holding workshops in ghettos where we drill artistes to be professional and desist from the habit of thriving on unorthodox means such as violence.

“Recently, we were in Mbare and the workshop was a success. The workshops are being sponsored by my company — Oscar Pambuka and Associates,” said the 34-year-old television personality.

“Our workshops attract stakeholders in showbiz, particularly in Zimdancehall such as music promoters among others.”

Pambuka, a Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries official, is proud to be associated with the genre deemed “unholy” by some sections of the society.

“Whenever I listen to Zimdancehall gospel music, I feel uplifted spiritually. Dancehall music is neither satanic nor a violent movement.

“I believe it is also our duty as Christians to redeem the lost — as Jesus came not for the righteous but for sinners.

“It is our obligation to show direction and light to rogue individuals in Zimdancehall,” said Pambuka.

Responsible authorities had earlier threatened to ban the popular genre because of increased reports of violence at Zimdancehall gatherings.

Last year alone, several music lovers were injured while attending dancehall concerts.

Sting, held on November 8, 2014, organised by Chipaz Promotions is cited as one of the events where violence was experienced.

On the night, police went on to throw teargas in a semi-closed arena — City Sports Centre — in an attempt to control the rowdy crowd but that left many revellers battling for their lives following the resultant stampeding in the venue.

The violence allegedly occurred after musicians Seh Calaz and Soul Jah Love physically exchanged blows on stage.

Zimdancehall Awards founder Phineas Mushayi approached Pambuka with an offer to become the patron of the genre in 2013 and his term in office will expire in 2017.

“As a patron of Zimdancehall, my role is to support artistes either morally or financially like what I am doing in sponsoring workshops for artistes — all in a bid to bring sanity and order in the growing industry,” he said.

Comments (3)

Pambuka, who resigned from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings in 2004 when....check your records well

R TRUTH - 29 March 2015

Nonsense!! How can an individual be a patron of a whole music genre...

Emru Kunanti - 1 April 2015

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