Liberty Dube in Mutare
POPULAR Zimdancehall chanter, Soul Musaka Muzavazi (affectionately known as Soul Jah Love), who has of late been hogging the limelight for the wrong reasons, was on Wednesday night arrested facing fraud charges. He allegedly defrauded show promoter, Isau Mupfumi of $750 after failing to perform at a show despite getting the deposit for the gig.
The controversial artiste, who spent the better part of Wednesday night at Mutare Central Police Station, was released yesterday afternoon after Mupfumi withdrew the case.
The “Ndini Uya Uya” hitmaker was paid an initial deposit payment of $750 by Mupfumi and was scheduled to perform at The Platinum on February 7 and was due to receive the other $750 after the show.
He failed to appear on stage after he allegedly got drunk and returned to Harare.
Musaka who had agreed to stage another show on February 21 dubbed “Apology Show” as compensation to the no-show again failed to show up, a development that prompted Mupfumi to file fraud charges at Mutare Central Police Station, RRB number 2364733.
On the second occasion, it later turned out that he had a double booking. He had another show about 585km from The Platinum venue in the border town of Beitbridge.
Hundreds of fans who had thronged The Platinum were short changed.
He was due to appear in court but Mupfumi withdrew the case after the musician agreed to perform at The Platinum on March 21 as compensation.
Mupfumi said he had reported the case because he wanted justice to be done.
“We feel we were defrauded, so we have opted to let justice take its course. I filed a police report because I paid him $750 to perform at my joint, but he breached the contract. He breached the contract twice. We realised that he entered into an agreement with someone else yet we had a binding contract with us. He was greedy and inconsiderate. That is unprofessionalism. I don’t hate him, but I hate what he did. This is a lesson to all upcoming artistes. Contracts should be honoured,” he said.
Soul Jah Love who was clad in a black and white jacket and a white track bottom was in a sorry state. He is scheduled to perform in South Africa this weekend.
He said he was sorry for what happened apologised. “I am really sorry and I will never do it again. I will not let Mr Mupfumi or any promoter down. I am sorry,” he said.