By Staff Reporter
South African musician, Makhadzi’s show in Mutare, Zimbabwe, on Good Friday ended prematurely due to the unruly behavior of fans.
The event organizers have pointed fingers at the “rowdy” fans for causing chaos during the concert.
The concert, which took place at the Manicaland Motoring Club, saw Makhadzi being escorted off the stage after fans threw bottles and cans into the VIP enclosure.
Partson “Chipaz” Chimbodza, the event organizer, denied reports suggesting that fans were unhappy with Makhadzi’s use of backtracks during her performance, which was supposed to be live.
“Well, I would like to put the record straight regarding what happened in Mutare. Firstly, I would like to apologise to Makhadzi and her team for being caught in the fracas. When Makhadzi appeared on stage, fans jostled to catch a glimpse of her and broke barricades demarcating the VIP enclosure and ordinary side.
“This did not go down well with fans in the VIP and the pushing and shoving resulted in bottles being thrown towards the VIP section. It obviously appeared as if they were targeting Makhadzi but in the few minutes she performed, people were very happy,” said Chimbodza
He called upon local fans to respect artists and organizers, warning that violence during shows could destroy the music industry.
Makhadzi, whose real name is Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona, had previously performed in Zimbabwe.
Last year, she performed at the inaugural JamAfro Festival at Alex Sports Club in Harare, and five months later, she performed at Odyssey Lodge in Kadoma.
The premature end to Makhadzi’s show due to rowdy fans is the latest incident in Zimbabwe’s music industry, where artists and organizers have struggled to keep audiences under control during shows.
The event organizers have promised to work closely with local authorities to prevent such incidents in future concerts