RISING gospel musician, Blessing Shumba on Sunday cancelled a show scheduled for Charehwa Matombo in Budiriro, Harare, arguing that he would not perform in a pub.
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The Mutare-based musician said when he signed the contract, he was led to believe the venue was a hall.
However, Shumba said he only realised the venue was a bar after queries from some of his fans who said they would be uncomfortable in the pub.
“We don’t want to perform in bars because most of our fans are church goers. They might want to bring their families for the shows and such a venue might not be convenient for family shows. After realising that the venue is a bar, I cancelled the show,” Shumba told NewsDay yesterday.
“I am not saying those who are in bars do not need to hear the Word of God, but sometimes we have to be aware of the venues in which to preach that word.”
However, contacted for comment, Charehwa Matombo Bar owner Tsitsi Charehwa said the musician had cited personal commitments as the reason for failure to hold the show.
“He told me that he was attending a funeral, but I knew he was lying. I phoned him when people had gathered for the show. Someone told me that he was in Harare and I was certain that he was cooking up stories because he did not want to perform at the venue,” Charehwa said.
Contrary to the musician’s explanation, Shumba’s manager Isaac Zinyongo said the gospel star could not perform at the bar because he had to attend a close relative’s funeral.