ALICK Macheso has bowed to pressure and cancelled a May 24 gig in Bulawayo to placate local musicians who have lined up a festival on the same date.
Forty musical groups from Zimbabwe’s second city are set to share the stage at an all-night gig dubbed Bulawayo Comes Alive Festival whose date had clashed with the Harare-based music singer’s jamboree.
Tafadzwa Maridadi, the promoters of Macheso’s Bulawayo show said: “We have cancelled the show so that we can give Bulawayo artists a chance to showcase their talents.
“We have actually postponed it maybe to the end of July.”
He said Macheso was “a man of principle”, adding: “He is not jealous and he likes to see others grow in the music industry.”
Maridadi added that the clash of dates was an unfortunate coincidence which was not motivated by a desire to create a counter-attraction.
Jeys Marabini, one of the Organisers of Bulawayo Comes Alive, said Maridadi had initially asked them to potpone their festival.
“I told him that it was not possible since we have spent almost two months preparing for the show,” he said.
Marabini also claimed that Macheso’s promoter had asked him to pay for the Sungura musician’s posters which had been put up across the city, but he had turned down the request.
Marabini said he was happy that Macheso and his team have agreed to postpone their gig.
“I have already sealed a deal with ZBC which will see our festival being screened live on television just like what happens with national galas,” the Afro-jazz music musician added.
Musicians expected to perform in the Bulawayo Comes Alive Festival include Black Umfolosi, Jeys Marabini, Chase Skuza, Kluxxman, Iyasa, Ndolwane Super Sounds, Sandra Ndebele, Willis Watafi, Cool Crooners, Ndux Junior, Umdumo Wesizwe, Tukuye Super Sounds, Isizukulwane, Otis Ngwabi, Impumelelo, Abigail Mwembe, Obadiah Mathulana, Siyaya, Djembe Monks, Gabz Fire, Mchez’nana, Hudson Simbarashe and several others.Advertisement