Byo artistes scared to name mafia sti­fling their ca­reers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Leisure - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

EAR­LIER in the week, it was re­vealed that there was a gang of eight peo­ple who were re­spon­si­ble for the demise and stunted growth of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try in Bu­l­awayo.

The ca­bal was al­leged to be hold­ing the keys to suc­cess for artistes in the city and had the cor­po­rates in their pock­ets. To break into the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try in Bu­l­awayo, it was al­leged that young artistes and those from out­side needed these face­less eight’s stamp of ap­proval as they are strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned in the in­dus­try.

This was re­vealed in a dis­cus­sion that came out this week af­ter co­me­dian Carl Joshua Ncube ac­knowl­edged the ex­is­tence of this mafia in Bu­l­awayo.

For some time now, a de­bate has been rag­ing on pub­lic spheres, among young artistes who have had en­coun­ters with these peo­ple who are be­ing blamed for throw­ing span­ners in their ef­forts.

An up-and-com­ing artiste claimed the mafia were the same peo­ple who are the faces be­hind ma­jor arts fes­ti­vals and shows in the city. The artiste said these peo­ple were ex­ploiters of the high­est or­der as one has to ap­proach them to seek ap­proval if they want any project their work­ing on to be­come a suc­cess.

Oth­ers be­lieve that these peo­ple have been fail­ures in their ca­reers and are do­ing as much as they can to de­stroy and dis­cour­age the youth who have fledg­ing and promis­ing ca­reers from over­tak­ing them.

Ap­par­ently, the mafia’s trump card is marginal­i­sa­tion as they use it to un­lock donor fund­ing to fat­ten their pock­ets ev­ery year, while ex­ploit­ing the young artistes for their cause.

“Be­cause there’s no money in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try in Bu­l­awayo, these eight ex­ploit artistes in the city by telling them to per­form for free at shows and fes­ti­vals that they or­gan­ise. Their shows are held, tick­ets are sold, but artistes are made to sign con­tracts where they agree to per­form for free be­cause these peo­ple claim to be do­ing them a favour and giv­ing them a plat­form,” said one artiste who re­quested anonymity.

These shows ap­par­ently draw huge crowds and the mafia pay them­selves hand­somely for their ser­vices from the donor or corporate funds.

Some of the artistes re­vealed that when they start de­mand­ing to be paid, they are all of a sud­den black­listed for voic­ing out.

Fe­male artistes have not been spared as they have al­leged that this ca­bal has asked them for sex­ual favours in ex­change for a break in the in­dus­try. Oth­ers have al­leged that some of the ladies that are now prom­i­nent in the in­dus­try yielded to the pres­sure for a slice of fame that they have been long­ing for.

This sounds a lot like the in­fa­mous Il­lu­mi­nati, a mys­te­ri­ous group that con­spir­acy the­o­rists be­lieve is seek­ing a “New World Or­der” that would im­pose a to­tal­i­tar­ian world gov­ern­ment. Among the al­leged mem­bers of the se­cret so­ci­ety are not just politi­cians and re­li­gious lead­ers, but ac­tors and pop stars.

Ac­cord­ing to these con­spir­acy the­o­rists, you can­not break into the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try with­out their ap­proval or sanc­tion. This is the same with our very own mys­te­ri­ous eight mem­ber mafia.

What is sad though is that peo­ple do not want to name and shame these peo­ple.

As it stands, the Bu­l­awayo arts mafia of eight is just one for the ru­mour mill and un­less some­one with con­crete ev­i­dence of their iden­tity comes for­ward, such dis­cus­sions will re­main fu­tile.

How­ever, the con­tin­ued sprout­ing of these al­le­ga­tions means there is some ele­ment of truth. The ten­ta­cles of this mafia might not be as far reach­ing or their roots that deep and es­tab­lished, but there are some peo­ple ben­e­fit­ting from the con­tin­ued struggle and poverty of artistes from the City of Kings.

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