The long-running feud between Calvin Nhliziyo, better known at Cal_vin, and Bulawayo radio station Skyz Metro FM over the playing of his music by the station has finally been resolved with the two parties earlier this week deciding to bury the hatchet.
The truce was announced by the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe in a statement yesterday.
“On Monday 28 September the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) Bulawayo Provincial Adjudication Committee mediated in a case involving misunderstandings arising from social media exchanges between Bulawayo artiste, Calvin Nhliziyo and Sky Metro FM.
“The exchanges led to Calvin barring Sky Metro FM from playing his music, while Skyz Metro FM responded with a blanket blackout of the artiste. Since January this year Skyz Metro FM has banned and has not played any of Calvin’s music on any of its programmes,” said VMCZ executive director Loughty Dube.
Skyz Metro was represented at the mediation meeting by station CEO, Godwin Phiri and the station’s executive producer, Possenti Sikhosana.
The VMCZ intervention followed a complaint filed by Nkululeko Sibanda, described as a fan of Calvin and a listener of Skyz Metro FM. In the complaint, Sibanda implored VMCZ to resolve the matter since Skyz Metro FM is a member of the VMCZ.
The feud between the artiste and the station degenerated into a social media war early this year wherein the singer banned the station from playing his music and went further to produce a diss track against the station.
Following this week’s mediation meeting the station has committed to playing the singer’s music and both parties also pledged to resolve any future differences through constructive engagement as opposed to social media attacks.
Already, Skyz Metro FM has indicated they have interviews lined up with Cal_vin.