DANCEHALL musician, Sniper Storm (real name Donald Chirisa), is at loggerheads with a Mashonaland Central music promoter over alleged breach of contract.
Report by Silence Charumbira
Joseph Kufandiko of Mafarochete Promotions is accusing Sniper of failing to perform at a show over the weekend despite having been paid for the assignment.
Kufandiko claims that Sniper disappeared just before performing at Tippaz Nite Club in Shamva on Friday.
The promoter was fuming when he spoke to NewsDay yesterday.
“I want that money back! I first paid him $700, but we had to cancel the show because of bereavement in my family. We moved the show to another date and when he came he demanded a top-up and I concurred,” said Kufandiko.
“I sent him half of the amount via Ecocash and on the day in question he came to Shamva, but while opening acts were on stage, he disappeared.”
“I phoned him and he never answered his phone. When I spoke to him the following morning, he gave me a lame reason that he could not perform because there were few people at the venue.
“Was it his problem that there were a few people at the venue when he had been paid? I can pay him to perform for me and my family so that (reason) is not valid.”
Kufandiko said he had engaged lawyers to recover his money.
Sniper’s manager, Robert Bhamu, however, dispelled the allegation saying the promoters were disorganised.
“When we last performed at the venue, the show flopped and they begged us to come back for another gig. He paid us a total of $900, which in itself has a waiver and he wanted us to perform twice for that same fee,” said Bhamu.
“I do not think he will ever get an artist as understanding as Sniper. It is high time promoters started respecting artists.”
Kufandiko, however, rubbished the claims by Sniper’s camp and vowed he would make sure the musician paid him back.