Winky D pelted off stage

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Michael Magoronga Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

WINKY D, who re­cently stirred con­tro­versy with the re­lease of his KaSong KeJecha, failed to per­form in Kwekwe on Christ­mas Eve af­ter ag­i­tated show at­ten­dees turned vi­o­lent and threw empty beer bot­tles and cans on the stage as the Zim­dance­hall artiste was about to per­form.

Just af­ter 3AM, all hell broke loose at the King Solomon’s Ho­tel soon af­ter per­for­mances by the Chillspot fam­ily as fans started com­plain­ing that Winky D was tak­ing too long to per­form.

As his Vig­i­lance band had con­cluded their sound check and Winky D sig­nalling that his per­for­mance was about to be­gin, mis­siles started fly­ing to­wards his di­rec­tion forc­ing him to drop the mic and scam­per for cover. It was clear the an­gry fans were bay­ing for his blood as they pelted him with any­thing that came their way, blam­ing him for get­ting onto the stage late.

The Chillspot crew, made up of DJ Fan­tan, Enzo Ishall, Ba­zooker, Un­cle Epa­ton as well as Jah Sig­nal had done a splen­did job of warm­ing up the stage for Winky D who only made it to the stage at around 3:45AM.

Dis­ap­pointed by his ac­tions, the show at­ten­dees did not seem in­ter­ested in watch­ing his per­for­mance as they turned vi­o­lent and left his se­cu­rity de­tails with no op­tion but to whisk him away from the venue.

As a re­sult of this melee, scores of fans were left nurs­ing in­juries af­ter some hooli­gans sus­pected to be il­le­gal gold pan­ners who were among the at­ten­dees, di­rected the mis­siles to the crowd, re­sult­ing in a chaotic scene as ev­ery­one ran for their life. The hooli­gans also dam­aged the ho­tel’s fur­ni­ture and other prop­erty.

Some of the fans who spoke to this re­porter blamed Winky D for fail­ing to re­spect his fans af­ter he at­tempted to per­form at ex­actly 3:45AM.

“We came here early ex­pect­ing him to go on stage around mid­night or so but they kept us wait­ing, only for him to come in the wee hours of the morn­ing. That is a sign of dis­re­spect for his fans,” said a fan only iden­ti­fied as Ton­derai.

An­other fan, Ev­er­more Mushayakara said most peo­ple were an­gered by the ad­mis­sion fee which was hiked on the day of the show.

“I think the or­gan­is­ers should have been clear on the charges be­cause ev­ery­one came think­ing that the $10 was in bond only to be told that it was US dol­lars. This didn’t go down well with most fans and the sit­u­a­tion was trig­gered when he de­layed to get on stage.

“So when he came in late, peo­ple were an­gered by his dis­re­spect hence all the vi­o­lence,” said Mushayakara.

King Solomon’s Ho­tel pro­pri­etor and show pro­moter, Mr Solomon Matsa con­demned the vi­o­lence say­ing it was ret­ro­gres­sive.

“It’s very un­for­tu­nate that there are some peo­ple who still re­sort to vi­o­lence in try­ing to ad­dress is­sues. I think this should be con­demned and I hope that those be­hind this will be brought to book. The mat­ter is in the hands of the po­lice as we speak,” said Mr Matsa.

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