Squanda kicked out of UK tour over assault

HARARE - Controversial Zimdancehall artiste Lady Squanda’s video on which she assaults comedian Skimbo Ziso Regondo Matika has cost her a trip to the United Kingdom (UK) in September this year.

Squanda was part of the Bodyslam Madirirano UK Tour set to take place in September alongside Killer T, Soul Jah Love, Hwindi President, Shinsoman and Alfred Nenguwo.

Music promoter Simbarashe “Bodyslam” Chakare, who is facilitating the UK tour, confirmed Squanda’s removal from the tour line-up on his Facebook page.

“Bodyslam UK Tour Madirirano team watched Lady Squanda’s video of abuse. We are truly upset and we don’t encourage such behaviour therefore she is removed from the touring team for September…

“We are sorry to everyone as Bodyslam team for this mess of which it will tarnish our image… forgive us but she is not part of us… New Poster coming soon,” wrote Chakare.

Efforts to contact Chakare were unfruitful yesterday but sources close to the Bodyslam team told the Daily News that Skimbo, who produces a television show that pokes fun at Zimdancehall artistes, will replace Squanda on the UK tour line-up.

In the video that has sparked outrage and shock on social media, Squanda, who is partially obscured, tortures Skimbo. She beats him up and makes him lick her feet with the help of a male companion.

According to well-placed sources, Squanda tortured Skimbo as punishment for making fun of her on his satirical television show. On the show titled Nhau DzeZimdancehall naSkimbo, the comedian denigrates the self-styled queen of Zimdancehall for allegedly stealing underwear at a hotel she had been booked in.

Scores of people on Facebook have called on the police to arrest Lady Squanda and for music fans to boycott her shows.

Jibilika Dance Festival founder Plot Mhako described Lady Squanda’s behaviour as barbaric.

“Lady Squanda must be arrested. This is evil, barbaric and utter stupid. I am verifying the actual details behind this inhumane act. I will never play her music, hire her (and) attend her shows. I hope she gets arrested for this. Am outraged,” he posted on his Facebook page.

United Kingdom-based journalist Innocent Chofamba Sithole also condemned the Zimdancehall artiste’s conduct.

“I am deeply appalled by this criminal offence captured on camera where Squanda and her male accomplice are assaulting the comedian Skimbo. I like Squanda’s music but this sort of criminal abuse is a no no, and no one deserves it. The guy should not only file charges against Squanda and her accomplice but also sue her.

“This fellow is a comedian and comedians have the licence to make fun of personalities and situations. He even offers that disclaimer at the start of his shows kuti this is just comedy. Imagine if Trevor Noah were arrested each time he made a Zuma joke, or Chris Rock assaulted by the celebrities he jokes about! That’s just plain stupid,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Comments (3)

she is a disgrace to women. She shld suffer for what she did

mai J - 19 July 2016

I think Zimbabweans need to forgive Squanda and give her a second chance. Otherwise she is a good girl once she gets a society that understands and appreciates her.

NICKI MINAJ - 19 July 2016

Asvotwa ngaarutse..ndini dancehall queen kana kuti nurse..ane nharo ngaambondipawo nharo dzacho mambama ndimomupawo

Dancehall Queen - 19 July 2016

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