Reggae star Winky D cancels New Year gig over security concerns

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Zimbabwean reggae-dancehall artist, Wallace Chirumiko, popularly known as Winky D has cancelled a show that was set to go down at Odyssey Hotel in Kadoma, Zimbabwe citing security concerns.

The development comes days after irate fans turned violent and pelted the stage with beer bottles and cans just as the artiste prepared to go on stage at King Solomon’s Hotel, Kwekwe town, forcing the show to abort.

In a long worded statement, his management cited security concerns as the cause and apologized to his fans:

“Premised on the foregoing, in the interest of public and private safety, we regret to announce that Winky D will no longer be able to perform in Kadoma on the 31st of December, 2018. We don’t feel safe at all. Sincere apologies to the Kadoma fans who were looking forward to this usual fireful gig” part of the statement read.

The statement also refuted claims that his late arrival for the show was the cause of the violence saying he was on time and ready to perform.

“The story being sold that the artist arrived late for the performance is far from the truth. It’s a falsehood meant to spoil the truth. As always, the artist was on time and ready to perform as per allocated time,” the statement highlighted.

It also clarified that they had been forewarned of the attack that resulted to the troubled show and hinted that politics had a hand in his woes.

“Recent songs which were misinterpreted as political commentary, should be taken for what they really are, social commentary. More often than not, they point at the obvious and unsaid rather than the abstract.

“Everything the artist chants on stage is merely meant to connect his performance sets and give art a theatrical form,” the statement said.

The statement further explained that Winky D does not belong to any political party.

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