South African entertainers DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Shasha have drawn the ire of Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls Carnival organisers after all three failed to attend the event.
The carnival organisers accused the three South Africans of failing to honour their contract despite being paid in full.
DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha we supposed to kick off their carnival performances with a one-hour long act.
As a result, the organisers have called on DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, and Shasha to pay back all their money.
In addition, the trio is supposed to pay back the money for the flights and the accommodation they did not use but which had been booked for them.
Finally, Shasha, Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa are supposed to issue a statement and apologise to fans from all over the world who had travelled to Victoria Falls to see them perform.
Below is the statement from Stan Chingozho of High Yards Pty LTD on the conduct of Shasha, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small:
DJ Maphonsa, Kabza and Shasha were fully aware and paid in full for the Vic Falls Carnival event on the 29th Of April 2022 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Booking Confirmations, Flight Confirmations and Accommodation Confirmations were sent to them as agreed, and emails were sent to them several times before; for some reason, they did not show up at the airport on the day of travel.
From the Vic Falls Carnival side, they honoured the contract as agreed. Above and beyond, we tried to communicate with the artists to change the date of performance but still we could not get hold of them despite all the effort and all means of communication from our side.
The Artists have shown total disregard for the contract, and this is unacceptable. The Artists should;
1. Pay back the Full Booking Fee.
2. Pay back All the flights that were booked on time.
3. Pay back for accommodation that was booked on time.
4. Give Vic Falls Carnival a statement in this regard.
5. Mostly, Apologize to the FANS who travelled all over the world to come to see them.
In another statement, the Vic Falls Carnival added,
Over the past six months, we as a team have worked tirelessly to create our best Vic Falls Carnival edition for its 10th year celebration at our new, bigger venue with its own standalone dates. We’ve looked to book some of Africa’s top artists from across the continent to make this 10th edition a Carnival to remember, for you the fans, who have made the Carnival what it is today – a world-renowned festival celebrating Africa and its different cultures.
Day 1 of the Carnival was set to kick off the celebrations with headliners DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha, due to perform on the Pure Africa Sunset Cruise and at the main event later in the evening. @djmaphorisa, @kabelomotha_ and @shashaofficial1 did not make their flights and in doing so have let us down as an event, and more importantly you as fans, who expected their arrival and performances at the Carnival. All three artists were paid in full and contractually bound to perform at the Carnival, and accommodated at every corner with their numerous flight and accommodation change requests.
Our teams, along with their booking agent, have been trying all weekend to book them on the next available flight into Vic Falls in order for us to reschedule their performances for today. We have tried all avenues to ensure they make it to the Carnival but our team, and their booking agent, are not able to reach them to confirm an alternate plan.
Our main priority is You, the fans, who have made the Carnival what it is today and we thank you for that! We thank you for understanding and know that we have done everything possible to accommodate the situation but due to the communication block between the artists and their booking agent we cannot confirm an alternate plan to get them to the Carnival at this late stage.