Macheso absence riles his UK fans

Macheso absence riles his UK fans
Published: 05 November 2017 (528 Views)
United Kingdom music fans were disappointed after sungura musician Alick Macheso failed to turn up for the Leicester Athena show where he was supposed to share the stage with Chimurenga music star Thomas Mapfumo last week on Saturday.

Phab Entertainment, promoters of the show, failed to explain why Macheso failed to turn up despite being billed to perform. The build-up to the show was marred by controversy that at some point, Mapfumo indicated that he had pulled out of the gig, only to make himself available at the 11th hour.

In a post on social media a day before the gig, Chimurenga Music spokesperson Blessing Vava said the Vanhu Vatema singer was no longer flying to Leicester, citing contractual misunderstandings.

However, Mapfumo managed to fly to the UK from his American base where he gave a vintage act before a full house.

It was the absence of Macheso that did not go down well with fans; most who had bought advanced tickets anticipating to be reconnected with the sungura maestro.

In a statement, Macheso's publicist team had their reasons for not travelling to the UK.

"Every opportunity to interact with our fans across the world is treasured and it is with regret that we announce the cancelling of our weekend UK gig. Much of the preparatory work had been done and we were hoping to get our visas by the beginning of this week so that we travel in time for the weekend affair. However, some unforeseen technicalities worked against this ideal and for that reason we were not able to travel to the UK," said the statement that was made available a day before the show.

"We take this opportunity to apologise to all our fans and stakeholders who were looking forward to enjoy the original sungura sound with us. Orchestra Mberikwazvo is your brand of choice and without your support, we have no place in local arts. It is our hope that the challenges faced will be rectified so that we are able to hold the envisaged show in the not so distant future. Keep supporting us and may the Lord keep you in all you do. Above all, remember to stay true to yourself and keep the love going."

UK-based Zimbabwean music promoters have been found wanting when it comes to hosting shows. In most cases, either shows are cancelled at the 11th hour or artists are not paid their dues.

Away from the controversy, Mapfumo proved that he is still a force to reckon with and defied his age by presenting a five-star performance.

One of the fans who attended the show, Joseph Vengayi, said he was happy that the Chimurenga music maestro was still calling the shots.

"I cancelled my work shift to attend this show. It was really a great show and Mukanya is still at his best," he said.

- the standard

Tags: Macheso, Fans, UK,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

'Mudzingwa, Munawa not spent forces'

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 90 Views

'Bond notes removal will stabilise prices'

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 193 Views

Ex-cop jailed for impersonation

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 118 Views

Female fraudster poses as Zimra official

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 118 Views

Mohadi speaks reconciliation

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 102 Views

Bulawayo residents threaten to sue town clerk

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 75 Views

Bosso Electoral Committee begins verification of nominees

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 57 Views

Mnangagwa fails to 'coup' cash crisis

by staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 71 Views

Mnangagwa plans economic revival

by Bloomberg | 21 January 2018 | 65 Views

'Postponement of polls out of the question'

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 45 Views

Mnangagwa embarks on a charm offensive

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 82 Views

Who should be afraid of elections MDC-T or Zanu-PF?

by Bishop | 21 January 2018 | 91 Views

Majaivana unlikely to visit Zimbabwe anytime soon

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 73 Views

'Fake prophecies' haunts Makandiwa

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 111 Views

Mnangagwa takes Zimbabwe economic gospel to Davos

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 65 Views

Mnangagwa runs the rule on Cabinet

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 72 Views

Grace Mugabe's fancy vehicles in freak accident?

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 116 Views

MPs to get cars for free

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 69 Views

Tsvangirai captured?

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 95 Views

Thomas Mapfumo heads to Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 87 Views

Vendors prepared to fight the soldiers

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 111 Views

Mnangagwa, Chiwenga rift exposed

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 175 Views

Mnangagwa takes Zim pitch to the world

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 67 Views

Is Jah Prayzah strangling his own baby?

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 133 Views

SA construction firm eyes Matabeleland venture

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 56 Views

Mnangagwa sticks to his word, urges diaspora to register to vote

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 86 Views

Sex worker on the run after stabbing a client

by Simbarashe Sithole | 21 January 2018 | 88 Views

Zanu PF strongholds have already rigged elections - analyst

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 53 Views

G40 will rally for Mujuru during elections - philosopher

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 91 Views

Setting the record straight on the political future of Mthwakazi

by staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 47 Views

ZimRights scales up BVR mobilisation

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 43 Views

Mnangagwa's final letter to Mugabe

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 101 Views

Chiyangwa's fight for life

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 129 Views

Mnangagwa faces internal revolt over polls

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 72 Views

Vendors give govt 48-hour ultimatum to create jobs

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 82 Views