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Kiprich blasts Busy Signal gig organisers

By Dakarai Mashava and Brighton Goko

Jamaican dancehall star Kiprich has criticised the organisers of Busy Signal’s just-ended two-concert tour of Zimbabwe for failing to provide a good sound system.

Kiprich at a Meet and Greet for Gully Bop at the Real Jerk Restaurant in Toronto. (Sophia Findlay Photos)
Kiprich at a Meet and Greet for Gully Bop at the Real Jerk Restaurant in Toronto. (Sophia Findlay Photos)

Busy Signal’s much-hyped maiden performance in the City Of Kings failed to take place on Friday night after fans ran riot following technical glitches that saw supporting act Winky D leaving the stage prematurely.

The chaotic scenes caused by a poor sound system did not escape Kiprich  — the winner of the 2013 edition of the internationally-acclaimed Sting Dancehall Clash.

In a hard-hitting audio message, the Telephone Ting hit-maker attacked United Kingdom-based Y2k Promotions for their amateurish organisation of Busy Signal’s second tour of Zimbabwe.

“You see the thing is bringing an artiste such as Busy Signal you have to make sure the quality of the production is really way up there.

“To bring Busy Signal to Zimbabwe is not cheap. So why pay so much money to bring him to Zimbabwe and have a poor quality sound system?” said Kiprich.

The celebrated dancehall star is convinced that if Busy Signal had addressed the restive crowd, tempers could have calmed down.

“I feel if the people were hearing a quality and proper system and Busy got onto the mic, he would talk to them and calm down the situation,” said Kiprich, adding that the concert organisers ripped off music fans.

“Because as Winky D was saying that the sound system was not good whatever…some short was going on maybe…they must take all these things into consideration because it is a lot of money they (the promoter) are spending and you can say $15 can give you two weeks’ worth of food — it is a lot of money for the people to spend and to not get a quality show so the production team must be up there like 100 percent.”

Kiprich’s criticism of the Busy Signal concert organisers came before the Harare gig which took place at the Glamis Arena on Saturday night.

Though it was slightly better than the Bulawayo gig because at least Busy Signal performed, the situation was equally chaotic.

After the disturbances that hit the Bulawayo concert, many expected Y2K to acquire a much better sound system for the Harare gig but none of that appears to have happened. Sound issues blighted the concert throughout.

Just like in Bulawayo, angry fans regularly threw missiles on stage, even during the Jamaican star’s performance.

Some fans appeared to have been infuriated by the fact that Busy Signal only took to the stage around 1am.

Despite the poor sound, Busy Signal tried his best. He performed fans’ favourites such as Brighter Days, One More Night and Tic Toc, Wine Pon Di Edge in his performance that was almost two hours long.

After the Jamaican star’s set, volleys of missiles rained on the stage once more after Soul Jah Love failed to turn up.

With the situation increasingly getting out of hand, the concert had to be stopped just before 5am.

Other local artistes who performed include Killer T, Freeman, Lady Squanda and Dadza D. Daily News

  • They were thinking it was going to be easy,,kungotora mari dzevanhu nekuenda

  • asi kiprich skanga aripooo here

    • Kkkkkkk maya

    • saka nganyarare

    • What he is saying its true, zvakaita so why should he keep quite if he is telling the truth.

    • Paulos Kiprich haanyarare coz zvikasataurwa iwewe mangwana uchange uchi complaina kuti mari yangu yaendera mahara uyezve zvino tanisha maimages egraft ravo so let it be known kuti paZim hamukwanise panyaya dzekuseta maPA system anongwauka migwaunsi hamuna kurongeka mapromotaz kubva paye pebongozozo ranaSelly naSauro rekuronga

  • PA dzoshanda pa Njerama hadziziidzo dzofanira kushanda panana Busy, munopinda BUSY.

  • We cant even find money in a bank, where the heck we gonna find a decent sound system for a huge concert

    • Some promoters have done it better before for example the antoby B show last month.

    • There are good promoters but how many concerts have been faliures due to bad planning? I went to one, though i would be clever and sacrifice more money for VIP tickets so that I could spend more time at the show than at bar, only to find out they sold nearly tripple the amount of VIP tickets than normal.. what a gimmick… I ended up drinking water the whole night. There is always a risk with something not working but as fans and consumers we need to demand better standards in future.

    • You guys you talk of banks wat of hospitals where they prescribe pills which they dont have,to be taken after meals wch they dont provide?

    • Even churches have decent systems. The promoter was greedy and didn’t want pay for a good system. Fact !!!

  • baba RcF pa ufic riripo the only sound system from italy in Africa even pastor.chris did want to.hire it from italy vakanzi ratooko ku africa go.ku ufic fr their higherlife confrence in FNB stadium….but ma promoter ema band vanosa zvakachipa voisa ma subwoofer ekumba hant mukuuona

  • System riripo kwa Anthony B zvafaya wani same arena ma Dj chimbomirari kushandisa sabotage pastage ndimi mukudhakwisa zvinhu

  • System riripo kwa Anthony B zvafaya wani same arena ma Dj chimbomirari kushandisa sabotage pastage ndimi mukudhakwisa zvinhu

  • Sound system was very poor even here in Hre and i understand why WinkyD left the stage in Byo.

    We can do better Zim coz we did it before

  • Thus y2k for u pure rubbish at its best

  • Was kiprich there in Byo?

  • Akutorwadziwawo uyo ..ini ndakanakirwa bigtym

  • Dont worry ma sanctions ndiwo akat zvidaro

  • Sound systems is always problem on these big shows I wonder at Antony B show it happened max priest show it happened it seems like a sabotage some whr some how

  • I also blame Busy Signal, yeah.. You know why? Go online and watch people like John Legend, R. Kelly… The day before the scheduled show (especially if they are not in their country or home city) they perform the entire show to an empty audience (or auditorium depending on venue). Not just for their routines, but mostly to check the credibility of their environment, equipment, power supply and especially sound system. Busy Signal shouldn’t have “just” taken the word of the ‘organisers’ that everything was on point; he doesn’t know them. He shouldn’t have taken such chances and played chess with his career;now his image is on the line. Clear lack of professionalism from both Busy and Organisers.

    You can’t expect someone to fork out one hard earned moolah in such an economy, trying to soothe their minds through music… And you come and dish them a cosy meal? Zimboz will throw stones at you. Oh, and cans as well! 😂 sorry hako Winky Gaffa, you were caught in the crossfire or was it Can-fire?

    I still listen to Busy Signal’s music anyway. He is a great artist. He just lacked professionalism in this particular case, that’s all. Never play skipping rope with your career, don’t just be after the moolah. People expect the best.

  • Why won’t. They consult Baba Magaya ,or papa 👴 makandiwa they have the baddest PA system in zim ,sampled Baba Magaya’s system one day could hear 👂 that pa from zindoga going as far as mabelriegn,or they could consult the guys who supplied the pa for akons show

  • Tendai Marshall

  • It also happened with Anthony B it’s pretty shitty

  • Ayiswera achitenderedzwa kuMbare uko iye aiti zvakarongeka?😂😂😂

  • Arikudawo kuuya akazviwanira kupi

  • Wakomana mari yakaenda ne mhepo apo.

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