Morals vs Money: Promoters must respect lockdown rules

15 Jan, 2021 - 00:01 0 Views
Morals vs Money: Promoters  must respect lockdown rules Thousands of people attend a music concert to celebrate the New Year‘s Eve in Mbare, Harare


Langalakhe Mabena
When people decide to venture into the entertainment sector and probably become celebrities, a number of them enjoy the fame that comes with their names and forget that fame comes with responsibility.

In as much as celebrities are human beings like everyone else, it must always remain in their mind that they are in the public’s eye and it is required for them to be responsible as there are role models that inspire a good section of the nation.

On New Year’s Eve, Harare music producer and promoter DJ Fantan (Arnold Kamudyariwa) and his partner in crime DJ Levels (Tafadzwa Kadzimwe), hosted a gig in Harare’s high density suburb of Mbare. The gig was aptly named “coronavirus super spreader bash” on social media.

The two, who co-own Chillspot Records, hosted a successful gig which saw over 22 local artistes sharing the stage and attracted over 2 000 Zim Dancehall lovers. The problem is that gatherings were and are still outlawed in an effort to flatten the Covid-19 curve.

The duo, alongside another promoter of the gig Tinashe “Dhama” Chanachimwe appeared in court on Wednesday last week and they were slapped with a 12-month jail sentence, six months of the sentence were suspended by Harare provincial magistrate Mrs Vongai Guwuriro.

The sentence was well-deserved sentence and it should be a lesson to a number of local promoters throughout the country.

In Bulawayo a number of vibrant night spots in the city hosted large gatherings, the people behind the gigs were just lucky that the long arm of the law did not catch up with them.

Curfew was not considered on these night spots as revellers could party till the next morning.

The police, who are meant to be strengthening the Covid-19 lockdown regulations, seemed to have been turning a blind eye to these events that were not held in secret locations.

Some were held at night spots that are visibly open to everyone including the police.

No one is immune, even celebrities can contract Covid-19.

In as far as Bulawayo is concerned, arrests were not made, but it has to be maintained that entertainment front players must put people’s lives and their health first before they consider making money, just like Fantan and his crew.

The world is now adjusting to a new normal, visuals and online live streaming shows have become the order of the day for making money, local music promoters must follow suit.

Jah Prayzah and Winky D’s “Best of Both Worlds” is a testimony of a successful online gig.

“This new virus is more deadly and that is not the end of it, it may even change its structure. Once it changes its form all these vaccines that gave people hope of conquering coronavirus will be useless.

“Our own population behaviour is the one that is problematic because we allow this virus to multiply by moving from one place to another.

This is a global pandemic and it’s just starting, there will be a time whereby we will see people dying on the streets if we are not careful,” Professor Solwayo Ngwenya said recently.

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