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Riots force Busy Signal to cancel show

By Jeffrey Muvundusi in BULAWAYO

Angry fans ran amok at the Large City Hall here on Friday — looting beer and foodstuffs in protest over poor sound quality which forced local star Winky D to leave the stage in the middle of a performance — before the overwhelmed organisers called off the big concert whose main act was Jamaican dancehall and reggae musician, Busy Signal.

Winky D performs at the Busy Signal show before he disappeared from the stage (Picture by Zimbabwe Standard)
Winky D performs at the Busy Signal show before he disappeared from the stage (Picture by Zimbabwe Standard)

Thousands of music fans who had paid through the nose to watch the Jamaican artiste were left fuming after the engineers failed to fix the sound system which meant the main acts Busy Signal and South African Busiswa, could not perform.

The chaos that rocked the venue led to the cancellation of the much-hyped gig.

Trouble started when Winky D was performing his hit song Bhebhi Rinobhowa. Unhappy with the poor sound quality, the Ninja President left the stage in a bid to push the sound engineers to address the problem.

But his spirited efforts proved fruitless as the technical glitches continued — prompting some visibly-drunk fans to resort to throwing missiles at the deserted stage.

In the ensuing melee, the enraged fans, who had paid $10 for the cheapest ticket, repeatedly chanted “Asifuni bumbulu” (We don’t tolerate nonsense)” while calling for Winky D to come back on stage.

As the drama continued, some fans took advantage of the chaos to loot food and beer that was being sold in the venue.

In the end, the show had to be abandoned before Tocky Vibes, Busy Signal and Busiswa could take to the stage.

Local songstress Sandra Ndebele who was also part of the chaotic show blamed the promoter.

“Fans were really looking forward to seeing the headline acts (Busy Signal and Busiswa) perform. The international acts did not even get much time to mingle with fans.

“I think this could have created the belief in the fans that the concert was real because there were some fans who thought they had been sold a dummy,” bemoaned Ndebele.

“It’s a bad outcome. Fans got angry and everything was messed up. My instinct told me to perform first because I know when there are many people lined up the sound tends to get messed up due to different plug-ins’’.

“This is bad for Bulawayo fans who were ready to rock with Busy Signal and Busiswa. I guess we will have to wait for another day or year,” weighed in award-winning rapper, Cal_Vin.

It was not clear whether the sponsors of the ill-fated concert, Y2K Promotions, would refund the fans.

Y2K Promotions is run by a Zimbabwean based in the United Kingdom. Daily News

  • I knew it!….I knew it…! U knew that my fellow Bulawayo brothers and sisters will mess up that show by VIOLENCE and this “asifuni bumbulu” crap..What an embarrassment, now people have confirmed that Bulawayo people are of a violent disposition and disorderly conduct and chaos.No wonder most promoters shun Bulawayo when international artists come to Zim and everything sstarts and ends in Harare then we cry and say its regionalism, marginalisation and tribalism.

  • I knew it

    Do not send reggae artists to Bulawayo

    I knew it

  • Kkkkkk zvakaoma shuwa

  • dnt blame winky , dnt blame the fans bt blame the Promoter i cnt pay $10 for shit sound u here mi, violence inogaroitika iyi dnt include tribalism apo 2014 kwakafa vanhu 15 wani ku city sports

    • Vakafa sei

    • ngendlela obekugcwele ngayo amashona kushow angazi amandebele athethiselwani

    • kulabanya abahle bathathe i advantage bapushe i agenda yabo bahlanganise into ze bosso le dmbare ku music

  • Poor planning and lack of professionalism from the promoter

  • Wonder why makanoita show kumandebele ,,,those guys they are only good on impregnating their wives and running away to south africa,,mandebele haasi chinhu

    • watch your tongue msunu

    • Phanuels Qhawe Maphosah buka nje into yakhona ekhulumayo ukuthi injani

    • Thats not good ,the whole world was watching,,its better to host a show in deep ,remote rural areas than in bulawayo ,mandebele haasi chinhu ,,,#chiremwaremwa

    • Kwana iwe haunyare here nhai nxaaa

    • msoon

    • Tee kay ,,tsek

    • imbwa chaidzo Mandevere wezhira -mandevere haana misoro-

    • Anotinyadzisa like in this case the international community was watching ,next time mamwe ma artist haachauyi munyika medu they are now labelling us as violent people ,wonder why those guys are always sidelined in national issues ndonyaya yacho,,#mandebelehaasichinhu izvozvi instead yekuti vataurewe zviri reasonable unongonzwa ongoti msunu,,msunu ndopaunoona kuti maborii evanhu

    • Bring them SA artists

    • Yhaa zodwa wabantu ,wengubhani nekusapfeka brugwa vanowirirana

    • Concetrate on your diet, you look malnourished!!

    • i think you should think before you comment waalace chimuriko and crew abandoned stage citing poor quality then u hit on amandebele

    • Shepherd my bro.. pliz avoid hate speech. It’s not good for a beta zim that we all wish for. Violence is not good but let’s try not to lable each other.. as shonas we can also be violent so I think it’s unfair to label each other considering we r all zimboz in the broader pic. Hv a good evening

    • This is the dumbest thing ever

    • Buyiselana ngwenya,,,,miromo yatsvuka iyo yatova aids,,

    • those who dont live in multi tribal communities are very ignorant…i have ndebele people that i would kill and die for,becoz to me,i dont see tribe in them i c brotherhood

    • is this necessary Zimboz

    • Even if dynamos visits that side for a soccer match,,,inopedzisira yava noise ,am not encouraging tribal conflicts bt its a fact

    • Why are u guys even wasting ur effort on this lost soul…Shepherd u are messed up

    • Fungai bruce moyo,,,,am happy l managed to get your antention ,and am glad that you even wasted your precious time replying my shit

    • Sherpard Muza uri tsvina yomunhu #ndiniMukarangaAzereNdadero

    • Mark ,,,why is it guys you always like to be associated with the shonas ,,check your profile mukaranga upi anobva mbalabala ,,,uri mundebele unless wakavhurira your facebook account with someone,,,,stop contradicting with yoself

  • Musicians should play songs of where they are performing even asign a dj

  • Vitalis Murumbi

  • you can’t exploit a ndebele person we are not dosile

    • I thought Ndebeles are ethnically Nguni NOT vana Maphosa ava. Maphosa is a totem for the Shonas whose main chiefdom is Zimuto next to Gokomere in Masvingo. Ndiko kumusha kwako uko

    • l am not tshona bro revise ur history

  • Fuck you people who Are making triberlism mind here, i am a shona but i hurt people who shout other race of people .

  • Kwabulawayo kkkk ,mandex always noise’s

  • Generally people were violent. Police were very busy at Byo Central attending to reports of violence. Violence was the order of the day. I failed to uderstanda why thy like violence despite poor sound

  • Hakuna mandevere uko kwazara makaranga

  • Futi here

  • These things (mandevere) must just be wiped from mother earth nxaa

  • Some comments here it’s sad really

  • These promoters and engineers ndivo mboko

  • thats why am from Bulawayo i really know that Harare Guys Are Gays Who Can Not Even Impregnate a Goat

  • Roadman Chiquary

  • Ndebele pipo ndont listen to shity stuff those are shona pipo staying in bulawayo

  • rise ndebele rise lisuka kini kozwimba lizosbangelu msindo kwelakithi komzilikaz asifuni bumbulu hambani liyonya lomgabe wenu

  • Everyone who is blaming Bulawayo people about the violence it shows kuti makakurira kumaruzevha.what happened @ Shabba Ranks show @ Rufaro.

  • Inga nezuro haina kupera wani kuGlamis

  • Let’s bury this tribal hatchet. We have too much ground to gain than fight amongst ourselves. No stereotyping please there is no statistical demography to prove who was violent or not. What we must learn from this is there are better ways of solving issues than violence. Surely poor sound is something that can be addressed. Also it’s good to avoid main acts coming in too late in the night. Forget this tribal war… let the promoter be answerable. However, I may empathise but after the looting refunds are unlikely.

  • Eish byo can do this… Ko kumasvingo vanotoboora maspeaker zvee…

  • Guys let’s avoid tribalism. It hurts our hearts to see that we r still at that stage of hating each other tho we are people of the same country.. eish.. Long live a loving Zimbabwe

  • Asifuni bumbulu

  • You bring a jamaican all the way to zim and you cant have good sound nxiii

  • how far nenyaya yekfc mazivanhu aya so

  • tribalism noooo

  • ThoseBulawayo thugs at it again!!

  • whatever happened, stereotyping is jus wrong

  • challenge

    shuwa mamwe macomments unozvikokera munyama chaiyo, hamunati mese imi ndazviona

  • Blame the promoter who made a killing and could not even hire proper sound equipment. Yikudelela abantu. Yibumbulu

    • Spot on Gugulethu Msimanga. Same old story since we were growing up. It’s always an issue getting good quality sound in Zim gigs. All because promoters are greedy.

    • The guy made a killing. There’s enough guys with good sound equipment. Even churches have equipment adequate for such gigs. The promoter is a con.
      The same shit happens here in the UK at our Zim/SA gigs

    • That’s why i never bother to attend these shows here. Day light robbery for your hard earned £

  • Yah lots and lots of uneccessary crap based on trabalistic bastards themselves all started my one sick fuck of a confused shona guy Shepherds Muza. ….this wasn’t abt tribe but about poor organisers and poor timing etc….tats wat he shud have focused on…now we are forced to listen to more tribal statements…fuck you shepherd there wer more shonas in tat gigg than Ndebele, ,,and guess wat am a shona

  • Msunu kanyoko Sheperd Muza

  • It’s so sad after paying hard cash and u get shit what will u expect. A refund was the only remedy to stop violence

  • Takuunza mawuto ikoko manyanya kufarisa yoo

  • As long as there is tribalism, Zim will never move forward

  • I blame promoters especially 2kings its not about ndebele or shona wat happened at souljah love and calaz’s clash that was in harare

  • The problem is the Ndebele guys have no other means to solve problems kunze iwe Violence. Yes the sound system got bad but to cause the melee havoc was not solving the PROB … love it or not but Violence is in their system of things .On this issue Havasi Chinhu

  • job bhutsu

    The only good thing here is Y2K have announced that they will be refunding the Bulawayo concert goers