Zimbabwe: Stricter Lockdown Puts Freeze On Live Shows


A Number of High — profile social events were forced to postpone scheduled shows as a result of the latest lockdown restrictions.

Soulistic Agency, owned by DJ Black Coffee, has cancelled the three-day music and arts festival, “For The Youth Weekender”, which was supposed to take place as part of Youth Day commemoration from June 18 to 20 at Carfax in Newtown, Johannesburg.

The show planned to launch under the theme “We Don’t Play The Same Gqom”, with headliner Distruction Boyz supported by DJ Lag, DJ Tira, DBN Gogo, Babes Wodumo, Mr JazziQ among others.

New school hip hop was then scheduled to take over on Saturday under the theme “PartyTime Playroom”. The line-up featured Blxckie, Flvme, Costa Titch, DJ PH, Dee Khoala, Loki, 031 Choppa, Lucasraps and Venom.

The event would have then closed on a high with Black Coffee on Sunday under the theme “Africa Is Not A Jungle”. Black Motion, Da Capo, Lemon & Herb, DJ Le Soul, Caiiro, Enoo Napa and Da Africa Deep were also on the line-up.

According to organisers, ticket holders should save their tickets for a new date in Spring.

“Following the rise of new confirmed Covid-19 cases and the new regulations outlined by the president [Cyril Ramaphosa] during his address on the 30th of May 2021, we feel it would be irresponsible of us to continue with this event on the current scheduled date,” said Neo Chabedi, spokesperson for the organisers.

“A show of this magnitude needs to be done the right way and put the safety of the people first. We are looking at a new date this Spring.”

According to adjusted alert Level 2 of the lockdown, social gatherings are permitted, but limited to 100 attendees or less for indoor depending on the venue; while for outdoor venues 250 people or less may attend.

Joburg Theatre and Showtime Australia have postponed the upcoming season of “The Greatest Love of All “, starring Belinda Davids – which pays tribute to Whitney Houston’s musical legacy.

Sign up for free AllAfrica Newsletters

Get the latest in African news delivered straight to your inbox