Freeman bars Jerry B from birthday bash

HARARE - Zimbabwe artiste Freeman has excluded bitter rival and ex-Dangerzone HKD stable member Jerry B from his birthday bash that will take place at Club Super Label tomorrow night.

Freeman, better known as Dancehall Doctor in Zimdancehall circles, told the Daily News yesterday that Jerry B was not welcome to the belated birthday bash.

“Jerry B is not part of the family so he will not be there. We could not be family with him; it just did not work out. It happens, inga Jesu akapandukirwa (even Jesus Christ himself was betrayed), Zanu PF split, what more myself as Freeman? I have no hard feelings towards him, if I see him I will greet him like I did before, only that we parted ways,” he said.

Freeman, whose bad blood with the Chinhoyi-born Kanoda Inini singer was fuelled by the two chanters’ fight for the title HKD president, added that he extended invitations to artistes close to him.

“It’s a birthday movement. My birthday was on June 21, and I didn’t have money then. Varipo ndovangu chaivo, unotora vanhu vaunowirirana navo (those lined up to perform are the ones close to me, you only choose those close to you).  We help each other; if they have their birthday bashes I perform  for free, and they do the same for me,” said the Handina Godo singer.

Freeman’s birthday bash line-up includes Sniper, Shinsoman, Dadza D, Guspy Warrior, Killer T, Ricky Fire, Magikal, Crystal, Darula, Vivian, Seh Calaz, Kinnah and Delroy.

Freeman was quick to point out that rifts between musicians are common.

“Popcaan was discovered by Vybz Kartel, but when the latter was arrested Popcaan turned against his mentor. He started saying a lot of bad stuff, so it happens,” said the Dhokotera and Mhofu singer.

Meanwhile, Jerry B, who walked away with the Most Promising Artiste award at the Zimdancehall Awards early this year, confirmed that he would play no part in the belated birthday bash.

“Yes I am aware of Freeman’s bash, but I won’t be around on that day. Aya maworks ake haanei nemaworks angu (It is his event and it has nothing to do with me),” he said.

The Freeman-Jerry B rift has sucked in another Dangerzone member, Vivian, whose stage name is “The Dancehall Police” who also  told the Daily News that he was no longer welcome at any functions associated with the Zimdancehall stable.

“We allowed him into our camp, and he started calling himself the Dangerzone president yet he had only been with us for two months, coming from Chinhoyi. When he came in not many people knew him, but we accommodated him.

“He was just trying to pick a fight and attract attention. And it was not only him, Sunshine and Princo backed him and we ejected them from the crew. Everyone is against them, maghetto youths haasi kufara (the youths are not happy). They can’t even walk in the streets of Dzivarasekwa without being jeered as they were trying to cause conflict,” he said.

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