By Tabeth Mushambi
AS reality begins to sink in that Chillspot Records founder and Zimdancehall producer Arnold Kamudyariwa, popularly known as DJ Fantan, and his associates Tafadzwa “DJ Levelz” Kadzimwe and Simbarashe “Dhama” Chanachimwe are now locked up in jail, fellow musicians and entertainers have begun to speak out on the issue.
The trio will serve effective six-month jail terms each for violating COVID-19 lockdown regulations after organising a New Year’s Eve bash that was attended by hundreds of people in Mbare.
According to Jah Prayzah, the Mbare trio were only unlucky to be nabbed for a crime many could and have committed before.
“This is a mistake even I could have easily made. Just the desire to see people happy as we are born for this. From mistakes like these we all learn. I am sorry it had to be you guys and now we shall all learn.
“I know you will come back stronger, bigger and wiser. It shall pass soon. Stay strong. To all of us reading this, stay safe, stay home and mask up,” Jah Prayzah wrote on Facebook.
Jah Signal seemed to appeal for a lesser sentence when he reacted to the issue on his Instagram pages.
“…Maziso emutemo anemaonero awo atisingaone taka kanganisa tinzwireiwo ngoni hatizvi pamhe futi. Kune vakoma vangu makaita kuti ini nevamwe vakawanda tiwane hupenyu nemagitare, Mwari vakusimbisei panguva ino. (The law had its own way of dealing with matters; we broke the law and will not repeat it again. To my brothers, you ensured that me and many other got a means of life sustenance, may God make you strong in such a time),” he wrote.
“Just so you know. I am on your side DJ Fantan and Levels, and I am never going to judge you for what happened. As you get through your sentence, I hope you don’t worry too much about what will happen next because the future is not yours to control.
“Saying that, I want you to remember that there is an end in sight, and it’s not over for you yet. I need you to know that God sees you and hears your prayers…” posted Ricky Fire.
However, as messages of pity have been flowing from artistes and fans alike, some have been making jokes and Enzo Ishall was not amused.
“Ndashamisika ndichiona vamwe vachifarira kutongwa kwavo, dai vaiziva kuti imhuri ngani dzirikurarama nekuda kwe Chillspot vaisadaro. (I am shocked to see that some are celebrating their sentencing, if only they knew the number of families that live from Chillspot earnings they would not do that),” commented Enzo Ishall on Instagram.
True to his sentiments, a significant number of people will definitely suffer financially as a result of the Chillspot duo’s imprisonment as they have been running a monopolised, but lucrative artiste development scheme. 🔺