THE highly-anticipated shows by South African musician Dan Tshanda at Bulawayo Amphitheatre and Hwange Colliery Stadium have been called off.
REPORT BY SINDISO DUBE
The two shows were slated for tonight at the Amphitheatre and Hwange tomorrow.
Kingstone Lussate manager of Lussate Marketing Promotions, the show organiser, confirmed the developments to Southern Eye yesterday.
“We are very disappointed with Dan’s behaviour and his way of conducting business. Dan called us in the afternoon telling us to postpone the show and for us to apologise to the fans at a time we thought he was on his way to Zimbabwe,” he said.
The shows were going to feature other prominent names from Tshanda’s stable such as Peacock, Dalom Kids and Matshikos.
The South African was also going to be supported by local artistes Martin and Ndolwane Super Sounds, Callistus Tavengwa, Zion Crew and Dubia Masters Band.
“After Dan had forced us to pay his full amount in advance, he has failed to give valid reasons for his failure to come,” a fuming Lussate said.
“We had invested a lot in this show, which we started planning for in April. Dan was supposed to travel by road yesterday after he had postponed two flights we had organised for him on Wednesday and Thursday morning without valid reasons.
“We had paid for the two venues, marketing, in which we had more than 7 000 posters, paid all his supporting acts, the sound system, bookings and transport and bailing out on the last day is so unprofessional of Dan Tshanda.
“We have decided to take the case to the National Arts Council. Maybe they can help us and give us a way forward. As a promoter, I don’t accept and never expected such fraudulent and unprofessional behaviour from the Splash musician.”
Tshanda has produced more than 20 albums and he commands a huge following in the southern African region.