DANCEHALL chanter King Shaddy is under fire from Shamva businessman Talent Mupopa, who is accusing him for duping him of $300 for a show that was slated for Wadzanai Cocktail Bar, Shamva, on December 20 last year.
Speaking to NewsDay yesterday, Mupopa said the Tsoka YaDunmore singer’s no-show was not professional having received upfront payment on December 8 through his manager Victor Manuna.
“I have tried to engage King Shaddy about the issue several times and the young man is proving to be a problem playing hide-and-sick games for a long period. He is supposed to refund me the money ($300) for his failure to perform as stipulated in the contract he signed through his manager,” Mupopa said.
“Upon realising that he (King Shaddy) was not willing to refund the money I reported the matter at Harare Central Police Station on December 22 so that I can recover my money and a docket with IR number 121439 was opened.”
Mupopa is claiming that King Shaddy’s failure to come for the show has seen him losing about $1 500 for hiring security personnel, venue, printing of posters and hiring of a public address system among other items.
Contacted for comment, King Shaddy professed ignorance on the matter saying he was busy rehearsing.
“I did not receive money from anyone in Shamva. Can you phone me later in the day I am busy rehearsing?” King Shaddy said.
When NewsDay tried to contact King Shaddy for the second time, his mobile phone was not reachable by the time of going to print.
This is not the first time for King Shaddy to be involved in a contractual dispute with promoters for failure to turn up for shows.
In March last year, he was involved in an alleged double booking which saw him failing to perform at a concert in Bindura resulting in fans protesting and destroying music equipment and furniture.
In another case, King Shaddy also failed to perform at Pick and Save in Mutare after he demanded to be paid upfront a few hours before the show, having earlier agreed with show organiser and venue proprietor Isau Mupfumi that he would take the gate-takings, a deal he later reversed.