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‘Promoters must stop exploiting artistes’


Information minister Webster Shamu, who is also Zimbabwe Union of Musicians’ patron, has urged music promoters to be sincere and stop exploiting artistes.

Report by Sheryleen Masuku

Speaking on the sidelines of Jah Prayzah’s show at Club Royal in Bulawayo on Saturday night, Shamu said artistes were suffering because promoters benefited more from music shows.

“We need promoters who are honest and sincere and who will not exploit artistes,” Shamu said. He also urged responsible authorities to come up with activities that promote the growth of the arts industry.

“Our city councils have not done enough to support recreation. City councils have serious mismanagement. Most concil-run beerhalls are in very bad shape. There is need for a serious review of how councils are running our facilities.”

He said city councils must create a base for upcoming artistes in local townships to develop talent.

Shamu showed up at Jah Prayzah’s show unexpectedly around midnight. Jah Prayzah performed a special song in honour of the minister.
The show reached a climax when the minister joined Jah Prayzah on stage, donated some money and danced to one of his songs.

The musician, who rose to fame with hit songs such as Maria and Gochi Gochi gave revellers a night to remember as he performed until yesterday morning.

Jah Prayzah revealed that he is working on his fourth abum that is likely to be released in April next year.

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