Zhuwao fails to pay Jamaican artistes

ORGANISERS of the recently held One Unity Reggae Tour headlined by Jamaican dancehall artistes, Turbulence and Mega Banton as well as Ghanaian music star, Episode have come under fire for failing to pay the artistes, NewsDay has established.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO/ VANESSA GONYE

From left: Mega Banton, Robert Zhuwao and Turbulence at a Press conference in the capital city ahead of their tour
From left: Mega Banton, Robert Zhuwao and Turbulence at a Press conference in the capital city ahead of their tour

The One Unity Reggae Tour, which saw the musicians performing in Kwekwe, Bulawayo and Harare, featuring an array of local acts, was organised by Red Fox Entertainment in partnership with Pacific Storm.

Some of the artistes (names withheld) who opened up to NewsDay accused the tour organiser, Robert Zhuwao of Red Fox Entertainment, of flouting contractual agreements and failing to pay them their dues despite getting the money from the chief sponsor, Pacific Storm.

NewsDay is reliably informed that Pacific Storm partnered, with Zhuwao for the tour, in an endeavour to push their products to the reggae/dancehall market.

Sources privy to the developments told NewsDay yesterday that Turbulence and Mega Banton left the country “empty handed”, as they were threatened with deportation if they had continued pestering Zhuwao for payments.

“There was a nasty fallout between Robert Zee (Zhuwao) and the Jamaican music promoter Dave of Yard 1 Promote, who was contracted to bring the Jamaican artistes, Turbulence and Mega Banton for the One Unity Reggae Tour,” a source said on condition of anonymity.

“Zhuwao refused to pay the Jamaican promoter his share of the three shows held during the Easter and Independence Day holidays.

“The Jamaican artistes said they agreed to come to Zimbabwe without receiving any deposit on a prearrangement with Zhuwao that they would get paid a certain percentage of the gross sales of tickets before expenses from the concert, but they never got paid despite performing at all the three concerts.”

The source said Zhuwao blamed bad weather and the Jamaican Promoter (Yard 1 Promote), whom he accused of violating their contract.

“The agreement was that Yard 1 Promote was going to get a certain percentage from the gate and it is from that amount that he would then pay his artistes, however, Zhuwao cited the shows’ flop as a reason not to pay the artistes,” the source continued.

The Jamaicans refused to comment on the matter, as they headed to the airport and referred all questions to Zhuwao, whose mobile phone was not reachable and he had not responded to questions sent to him at the time of going to print.

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6 Comments

  1. I guess at dis point de players dem a go say bomboclaat!!

  2. This is a real disgrace to Reggae and Dancehall Music .Worse still it is rather embarrasing given that the Promoter is a a nephew to the President of the Republic.I feel for Mega Banton as a Veterean in the industry whom we listened way back in the 90s.Again these guys came to peform at our 37th Independence and we treat them like trash.Remember that Reggae and Dancehall is an influential genre internationally and if these guys get into the studio,the whole country will be tainted.????Shame

  3. I am happy that the jamacans have been dribbled by the zanu pf thugs becoz when we tell them Mugabe is trush they tell u he is a pan african, indegenizer and unifier.Truely u have been empowered

  4. This is the ZANU PF way….all these young dudes with new found wealth that are always in the papers….this is how they ‘make money’ by screwing others.

  5. Tumarasta fake twakaitwa nyowani. Pse come back next year for the 38th independence celebration have a safe journey.

  6. Why does Mega Banton look as if he has also joined the skin bleaching band wagon led by one Vybz Kartel?

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