ARTISAN Studios was on Wednesday morning caught in the Anglican Church storm after the Messenger of Court threw them out of the Anglican Cathedral premises they were renting.
Report by Jairos Saunyama Own Correspondent
The premises are under new management after the courts ordered the excommunicated Nolbert Kunonga to relinquish control of the church property.
The studio had been using the Anglican Cathedral premises for both their offices and studio.
When NewsDay visited the premises, studio workers were busy packing some of the equipment outside the building.
The studio, which is a hub of gospel music in the country, was established few years ago and its immediate closure will adversely affect a number of musicians. Some of the musicians who worked with the studio include Munyaradzi Munodawafa, Gamuchirai Magadzire and Prince Musarurwa among others.
The studio was also regarded as the best venue for rehearsing by musicians from other stables, a reputation which saw Artisan Studios booking artistes for rehearsals.
Allan Dzobo, the director of the studio, said they were yet to find alternative accommodation.
“We are in the process of finding a new place, but we still have to engage the authorities since we have leases.
“For the meantime, I cannot really say where we are going, but as we settle the matter we will be advising our clients of our new location,” he said.
The Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa (CPCA), which owns the premises, has been a divided house for most of the past five years.
Kunonga pulled out of the CPCA and founded Province of Zimbabwe.
The Supreme Court ruled last month that since Kunonga left the CPCA, he could not claim ownership of the church property.