ORGANISERS of the much anticipated Champions In Action gig slated for Long Chen Plaza in Harare on Valentine’s Day have addressed an array of dancehall chanters billed to perform at the event as preparations gathers momentum.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
Speaking to NewsDay, event co-ordinator Jackie Dzambasa of Chipaz Promotions said the meeting’s agenda was to discuss the concept of the show to be embraced by the artistes.
“Issues of violence have become the talk of dancehall gigs and as the date of the show draws closer, we have already started engaging artistes who will perform and their managers over issues of violence and the way forward to avoid such ugly scenes at these dancehall shows,” Dzambasa said.
“We are going to continue engaging all the artistes ahead of the show reminding them to be at the forefront to advocate for violence-free shows.
“As promoters we need to meet with these artistes frequently so that violence becomes a thing of the past in dancehall.”
Dzambasa said as the show organisers besides engaging the artistes to spread the no to violence messages to their fans; they have decided that all the performing artistes use one band on the stage.
“Champions In Action is a different show unlike Sting where two artistes clash. This gig is a combined effort to unite both the artistes and the fans,” Dzambasa said.
“Our aim is to rebrand the ugly face that has been associated with local dancehall genre for it to match the international standards and we urge fans to desist from the habit of throwing missiles to musicians on stage.”
Dzambasa said at the show artistes will be allocated about 15 minutes for the first segment performing using back tracks and perform with the live band for the second.
Following the hullabaloo at last year’s Sting show at City Sports Centre, Harare, that left many injured, it seems the event organisers had found ways to avoid recurrence of the same scenarios that marred the gig hosting the forthcoming show at an open space.
The show will parade some upcoming artistes like Jerry B, Uncle Pig and MNG among others who will share the stage with renowned chanters like Soul Jah Love, Tally B, Kinnah, Dadza D, Platinum Prince, Mostaff, Seh Calaz and Terminator among others.
Judgement Yard, Merciless Zimbabwe, DJ Smiley, emcee Templeman and Garry B among others will be rocking it on the turntables.