Davido caught up in mur­der probe

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Melissa Mpofu Show­biz Edi­tor

the Gafa camp has cho­sen to play its cards close to the chest, re­fus­ing to di­vulge any in­for­ma­tion about what­ever the star has been work­ing on.

Ac­cord­ing to Winky’s man­ager Jonathan Banda, this is some­thing de­lib­er­ate and whether Ma Drinks Mu Cup is the lead sin­gle from a new project re­mains to be seen.

“We’ve got our own way of do­ing things as a brand. With that in mind, I can­not say whether that song is the new sin­gle or not. When the time comes for us to of­fi­cially re­lease a sin­gle, then we’ll do so,” he said.

In the past, Winky’s al­bums have been re­leased close to the fes­tive sea­son, some­thing that has al­lowed him to cash in on the lu­cra­tive fes­tive sea­son pe­riod. In 2015, Dis­ap­pear dom­i­nated De­cem­ber playlists while sev­eral songs from Gafa Futi also bossed the charts as 2016 drew to a close.

With that in mind, many would have thought that now is the time to re­lease an al­bum, some­thing that many of his peers in the in­dus­try are do­ing.

Be­sides Jah Prayzah, Oliver Mtukudzi, Am­mara Brown and ExQ have in­di­cated that they have al­bums in the pipe­line while way­ward chanter, Soul­jah Luv, will launch his next Satur­day.

With the big names threat­en­ing to un­leash their lat­est al­bums, could the Gafa be feel­ing the squeeze?

“Winky D has no com­pe­ti­tion. He’s his own com­pe­ti­tion. He doesn’t make mu­sic for the com­pe­ti­tion, but for him­self and his fans,” said Banda, cau­tion­ing fans against be­ing hasty, as good things come to those who wait.

“I can’t an­nounce the dates for an al­bum or sin­gle. All I can say is that fans should wait as there could be some­thing around the cor­ner,” he said. WHEN Jah Prayzah takes to the stage tonight to un­leash his new of­fer­ing Ku­tonga Kwaro, his eyes will be on the crowd as he needs to at­tract at least 2 000 peo­ple in or­der for him and his pro­mot­ers — 2 Kings En­ter­tain­ment to re­cover the money spent on bring­ing Nige­rian su­per­star, Davido to the coun­try.

But be­fore per­form­ing, Jah Prayzah has an­other hur­dle to jump as Davido, as of yes­ter­day, was still in Nige­ria where he was re­called by po­lice in La­gos as they wanted to in­ter­ro­gate him over the death of his friend, Tagbo Umeike, fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery that his state­ments were laced with un­truths. Tagbo died on his birth­day at a bar in Nige­ria af­ter al­legedly tak­ing 40 shots of Te­quila. While the po­lice awaited an au­topsy re­port to as­cer­tain the cause of death, Tagbo’s girl­friend, Caro­line Dan­juma, had dis­carded in­sin­u­a­tions that he died of drunk­en­ness. She also al­leged that Davido ran away af­ter dump­ing his corpse at a gen­eral hospi­tal on La­gos Is­land.

How­ever, the mu­si­cian de­nied the al­le­ga­tion say­ing he was not at Shisha Bar, from where the de­ceased was rushed and dumped at the La­gos Is­land Gen­eral Hospi­tal. He, rather, said he left the bar for DNA Night Club in Vic­to­ria Is­land area of the state, where he was in­formed about Umeike’s death.

As a re­sult, Davido has been spend­ing most of his time at the La­gos State Po­lice Com­mis­sioner’s head­quar­ters with his lawyer, some­thing which may af­fect his trip to Zim­babwe and Harare per­for­mance.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to show pro­moter’s, Davido was ex­pected to depart Nige­ria last night on board a South African Air­ways flight to ar­rive in Harare this morn­ing ahead of his per­for­mance with Jah Prayzah.

While most mu­sic lovers will be thrilled to have the Nige­rian icon who is cur­rently trend­ing with hits If and Fall per­form live in the coun­try, the show pro­mot­ers and part of Jah Prayzah’s man­age­ment team will likely not even get an op­por­tu­nity to watch him per­form as their eyes will be on the en­trance points as they des­per­ately need to re­cover up to $90 000 that was paid to Davido. Due to this, se­cu­rity — which is known for swin­dling show pro­mot­ers at most events — will likely be in­tol­er­ant as there will be a lot of pres­sure on them.

In this era of plas­tic money, it is the pro­moter’s hope that EcoCash and POS ma­chines net­work does not die on them tonight as most peo­ple will likely buy tick­ets us­ing those plat­forms.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, event pro­mot­ers seemed very wor­ried as ticket sales have not been en­cour­ag­ing. Ac­cord­ing to 2 Kings boss, Tich Mharadze, the up­take of ad­vance tick­ets has gen­er­ally been low. The cheap­est ticket has been pegged at $20 with the most ex­pen­sive at $100.

It is not clear if this has been caused by the pric­ing which seems to be a bit too steep or if peo­ple are stick­ing to their gen­eral cul­ture of pre­fer­ring to buy tick­ets un­der pres­sure at the venue on the day of the show. Some, who may want to at­tend the show just to see Davido in ac­tion may also be wait­ing to get con­fir­ma­tion that the artiste has in­deed ar­rived in the coun­try so that they buy their tick­ets af­ter hav­ing been duped by some pro­mot­ers who made peo­ple but tick­ets to shows whose head­line artistes never at­tended.

How­ever, cor­po­rates are said to be sup­port­ing Jah Prayzah as they are buy­ing ta­ble tick­ets pegged at $1 000 for 10 peo­ple.

“We need at least 2 000 pay­ing peo­ple to at­tend the show so that we bal­ance our books as Davido charged us up $90 000. As of Wed­nes­day, the tick­ets were not re­ally mov­ing though the VIP ta­bles cost­ing $1 000 were sell­ing well,” he said.

Asked if they would con­sider re­duc­ing the ticket prices to about $10 from $20 for gen­eral en­try, Mharadze said:

“There’s no way we’ll be re­view­ing the ticket pric­ing be­cause of the liq­uid­ity crunch. If we charge less, it re­ally won’t make busi­ness sense.”

He said they were con­sid­er­ing re­duc­ing se­cu­rity as a way of cut­ting costs.

Davido who was last in the coun­try two years ago, if all goes ac­cord­ing to plan, will be bring­ing his band to help Jah Prayzah – an artiste he re­cently col­lab­o­rated with on track My Lilly – launch his al­bum.


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