Promoter offers Sniper Storm $50

HARARE - Veteran Zimdancehall artiste Sniper Storm was offered a paltry $50 fee to be part of Jamaican star Jah Cure’s supporting acts at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) last  Friday.

Sniper, who is popularly known as The General, turned down the “take it or leave it deal” which was presented by one VJ reportedly on behalf of 2 Kings Entertainment— the organisers of Jah Cure’s recent concert.

A leaked telephone conversation between Sniper and VJ, which has since been confirmed, exposes the exploitative relationships between artistes and some promoters.

In one part of the leaked conversation VJ says:  “Hapana mari wangu...ndikatokuudza unotocutta phone yacho...i$50 wangu...ikawandisa ingatoita waya ($100). Kana zvisingaiti wotovhara hako phone yacho wobva wadeleta number dzacho coz hautomboiwani mari yauri kuda iyoyo. (You can only get $50 and at most $100. If you can’t accept this deal never call me again,” VJ told Sniper Storm who wanted $800 to perform at Jah Cure’s maiden gig in Zimbabwe.

DJ Thunder — a member of Sniper’s management — confirmed that the leaked telephone conversation, which has gone viral, was genuine.

“That was not professional but childish on the part of the promoter. They phoned me in the morning and asked how much Sniper wanted and I told them $800. They said they would get back to us. Sniper called them again enquiring about the deal and that was when the call was recorded. The conversation sounded fishy but sevanhu vari kutsvagawo we had to listen to what they had to say. Professional business people do not humiliate artistes,” said DJ Thunder, who however, denied that they recorded the telephone conversation.

“I don’t know  who recorded the telephone conversation but we suspect that it was recorded from the side of promoters. We don’t know why they recorded and leaked it.” 2 Kings Entertainment spokesperson, Dee Nosh, referred the Daily News to VJ who continually did not answer his mobile phone.

Comments (3)

But havanyare here, they are paying foreign artists thousands of dollars yet they cant part with only 1,000.00 for a local. Are they not making money from those shows? If they are not so why hold them? Respect our artists please!!!

Dhara Dee - 19 December 2016

FUNNNNYYYYYY them the promoters drives nice cars and bost I am so and so promoter after giving some one $50.00 even $1000.00 is nothing considering you are going to perform with an international artist Zimbabwean Artist don't be taken for a ride SNIPER thats good

MAMBO - 19 December 2016

ummmmmmmmmmmmm shame on you promoter heyyy be serious hw cn yu offer such peanuts to our local artist. do yu kno tyat he z a family man do yu kno that he has members 2 luk after pliz get organised in yur head

machemedze Caton - 20 December 2016

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