DANCEHALL artiste Emmanuel Manyeruke aka Guspy Warrior is at loggerheads with the management of Super Label Night Club in Harare for allegedly refusing to stage a show at the joint after pocketing the performance fee.
Report by Tinashe Sibanda
According to Super Label entertainment manager Lazzie Munetsi, the dancehall artiste’s manager Walter Mambanje was on July 22 paid a sum of $350 as booking for Guspy Warrior to perform at the club on July 29.
On the day of the show, Guspy Warrior is said to have refused to go on stage saying the club had not paid him for the show.
“On July 22 I gave Mambanje $350 for the performance, but to my surprise on the day of the performance Guspy showed up and refused to perform indicating that they had not been paid and they wanted $800 if at all they would perform,” said Munetsi.
He said Mambanje denied having signed for the money, saying the signature in the receipt book was not his.
Munetsi said they had previously worked with the artiste on two separate events using performance contracts and had decided to do away with a contract on July 22 because of their good relations.
“We made him sign the cashbook alone because we believed the good relations from the previous occasions would make each party adhere to its obligations. To my surprise Guspy Warrior refused to perform as Mambanje denied having received our payment, which was a lie.”
However, Mambanje refuted the allegations and said on the day Munetsi claimed to have paid him $350 they had failed to agree on the fee. He said the artiste needed $800 adding the club owed him $50 from a previous show.
“We have worked together at two shows and everything was done on contract basis, but suddenly he is coming up with false allegations. If he is genuine at all why didn’t we sign contracts as we always do?” queried Mambanje.
He added that a few days before the event he had even confronted Munetsi on why they had put up posters with Guspy Warrior to advertise the show yet they had failed to agree or even pay him his outstanding $50.