Veteran music promoter and chairman of the Zimbabwe Music and Arts Promoters Association Josh Hozheri has blasted local musicians for their arrogance and lack of humility.
Addressing hundreds of people who thronged the National Sports Stadium for a concert organised in honour for the late national hero Oliver Mtukudzi on Saturday afternoon, Hozheri did not mince his words.
“Nzou fambai zvakanaka, tinokumbirawo kuti mutiudzire ana Suluman Chimbetu, Seh Calaz, Jah Prayzah vazvininipise.(Please tell the artistes to be humble like you were).
“You (Mtukudzi) we would pay you after the show but the current crop of artistes do not agree.You would come to the show alone with no bodyguards but the current crop of artistes come with hordes of bodyguards,” lamented Hozheri.
Hozheri was joined by a number of promoters on stage and he also revealed that it took them 24 hours to organise the tribute concert.
Promoters who were in attendance include Wanisayi Mahwindo Mtandwa, Max Mugaba,Partson Chimboza, Simba Bodyslam Chakare, Brabara Mama Red Rose Chikosi, Boss Werraz Saungweme among others.
He also revealed that Tuku’s death had brought promoters together.
“His death has sowed seeds of unity within the promoters.As you all know that promoters were not united.You can put a poster for a show here and the other promoter sends people to destroy it.Tuku’s death has united us and we hope to remain united and grow the industry,” said Hozheri.
The late national hero Mtukudzi will be buried at his rural home in Madziwa on Sunday afternoon.
President Mnangagwa declared him a national hero on Thursday making him the first musician to be accorded such status.