President Mnangagwa has today given the green light for musicians to hold shows provided they adhere to covid-19 regulations with no more than 50 spectators.
The information came after several pleas by musicians such as Seh Calaz, Selmor Mtukudzi and music promoter Simbarashe Chakare “Bodyslam” citing poverty driven by the lockdown.
This was revealed by the Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Art and Recreation Honourable Tino Machakaire after visiting the President at State House today;
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to His Excellency, E.D Mnangagwa for being a listening president. All artists have been given the green light to start performing considering they do not exceed the stipulated number of 50.
Please join me in extending gratitude to our president for this gesture that I am sure will go a long way in improving the state of our artists livelihoods. May we also not abuse this privilege and ensure that we adhere to the WHO and National COVID 19 task force regulations outlined.
Bodyslam co-founder Simbarashe Chakare had exposed the tendency by Ministers to privately hosting musicians at their farms and other places with over 1000 people in attendance yet deny others the same opportunities. He said;
Ma artists and promoters pano vakachema chema tivhurireiwo tiite basa kana masikati zvawo vachitedzera covid regulations but fall on deaf ears asi ma ministers acho ese tinawo pano vanoswera vachi poster and read all our cry zero action asi kana vabereki vavo vafa they throw big bash invite artists vaimbe parufu pane vanhu 3000 same goverment leaders vari ku ignore our plea yekuti ma artists ashande ararame , they throw parties kuma purazi ne ma misha avo voisa ma live band pane vanhu thousands on monday vopfeka masuit votanga kuti ayewa kune covid musaite zvebasa mouraisa vanhu asi vaitora ma videos vachipaita pa weekend pachiimbwa ne same artists vamuri kurambidza kuita ma shows only a few are benefiting vakawanda vakutambura 🤷♂️🤷♂️🤷♂️🤷♂️.Minister Hon Tino Machakaire and Minister Kirsty Coventry artists and promoters are suffering .
The decision to open up space for artists came after a visit by Machakaire at State House where President Emmerson Mnangagwa handed over musical kits to two local musicians that were donated by the Deputy Minister as part of a fulfilment of a pledge he had made to them.
The two artists who received a set of musical kits at State House are rising contemporary musician, Andy Muridzo and Chief Hwenje, born Admire Sanyanga Sibanda who made the popular “ED Pfee” song.
President Mnangagwa commended Deputy Minister Machakaire for living to his promise. The two artists were excited saying they would do justice to the donation by working hard to entertain their fans.
The instruments include a Public Address system, mixers, drum set and guitars.