Wilson Chipangura, Guest Reporter
Dancehall artist Jah Signal has come out guns blazing after being accused of clandestinely offering free services to local music promoters at the expense of other fellow artists.
Jah Signal was at the centre of a storm this past week with reputable Hip Hop artist Desmond Chidemhe better known as Stunner taking a dig at the Shinga Muroora hit-maker.
The issue came after another dancehall singer Poptain took to social media to complain about the abuse of artists by local promoters who are making massive financial gains at the expense of artists.
Stunner accused Jah Signal of secretly engaging promoters offering free services to perform at shows at the back of other bargaining artists.
The sentiments were also supported by rapper ExQ who took a subtle dig at artists who pull such ancient acts leaving artists to settle for less.
However, the accused artist has finally broken silence on the matter dismissing the allegations as frivolous.
In a statement, Jah Signal took a swipe at Stunner and denied claims of dishing freebies to promoters for favours.
“We would like to address comments which were quoted and circulated over social media over the weekend by one artist we hold to high regard.
“We respect him as an industry player and a pioneer whose music popularised the Zimbabwean urban music genres across all demographics of Zimbabwe and the diaspora.
“With all due respect, we would like to refute all claims that Jah Signal offered his artistic services for free to an unknown promoter.
“Whoever informed my fellow brother of this philanthropy exercise I am accused to have offered should be ashamed of themselves.
“We pride ourselves as high end music and entertainment brand and we feel that such rumours are circulated whispered by parties who want to see the value and the net worth and the asking price of the brand dwindle and fall.
“We are a very professional outfit and we do not offer any FREE performances on the plate that easily unless they are for charitable causes close to our heart.
“We would like you to refer back to the single titled “Hamukirwe” which featured the late Soul Jah Love.
“Decypher the lyrics “Mukwasha Hamukwire Musina Kubhadhara kubhadara, Chibaba Hachimbouya Musina Kubhadhara” and that is the mantra we operate with as a business.
“We would like to urge all in the media and arts space to do their due diligence, reach out to us before they run with a lie like a horse whose tail is on fire,” said Swaah Family PR in a statement.