THERE was drama at the late Tongai Moyo’s commemoration concert at the Harare Gardens on Sunday when his son, Peter was involved in a scuffle with an unidentified reveller.
Report Tawanda Marwizi
The reveller, only identified as Mhosva, had attempted to seek refuge in the musician’s vehicle as he fled an angry mob accusing him of taking nude pictures.
The incident, which happened in the presence of NewsDay, did not go down well with Peter who blocked the reveller from entering his car.
The man hit Peter on the cheek and all hell broke loose as the “Young Igwe” fought back, in a fracas that lasted some good 30 minutes.
Efforts by fellow musician Jah Prayzah to calm the young musician were fruitless as Peter’s fans joined in to pummel the reveller.
However, contacted for comment Peter denied he had been involved in a fisticuff.
“I never fought anyone, but I was actually trying to defend him from the fans who were beating him up for taking pictures of them without their consent,” Moyo said.
He added that fans must have read the situation wrongly and assumed the reveller was fighting him, triggering the assault.
“He did not mean any harm. His name is Mhosva. My dad used to sing about him in his songs and he had come all the way from Kwekwe for the show,” Peter said.
The dispute ended following the intervention of the police who then took the man to a police station. The party continued with some emotional moments, especially when sungura musician First Farai played the late Dhewa’s favourite song Kapuka Kanonzi Rudo.
Jah Prayzah thrilled fans when he joined gospel couple Charles and Olivia Charamba as they performed the song Mwana Muparadzi.
Tryson Chimbetu left fans shouting for more as he belted out Simon Chimbetu’s yesteryear hits. They were later joined by Peter and Sulumani Chimbetu’s dancers Phillip Dzivike and Franco Slomo in a collaboration on the song Ndarangarira Gamba.
Other artistes who performed include Romeo Gasa, Somandla Ndebele, Leonard Zhakata, Banyana Banyana, Leeroy Kamusena and BV Labien.
Organiser of the event, Biggie Chinoperekwei, described the gig as a huge success and urged fellow promoters to support Peter as he continues with his father’s legacy.