South Africa’s promoter Tigere Media, which partnered Umodzi Park to bring in US group Dru Hill, has blamed Umodzi Park for the concerts’ failure on December 12.
The Dru Hill concert was expected to take place at Umodzi Park Outdoor Square in Lilongwe with local musician Skeffa Chimoto as a curtainraiser.
Tigere Media owner and founder Archie Tigere said in a press statement over the weekend that Umodzi Park management knows the truth on the failure of the show.
“I would like to put on record that this Dru Hill no show was not Dru Hill’s fault at all and neither was it Tigere Media’s or my own fault.
“Umodzi Park’s GM, Neal Sewnarain, Umodzi Park’s Finance Manager, Jaco Malan and Umodzi Park’s Marketing Manager, Temwa Kanyadza know exactly what happened for Dru Hill not to perform at Umodzi Park,” said Tigere Media in a statement.
In a press statement recently Umodzi Park said the show had been cancelled because of the disagreement between Dru Hill and the promoter.
Umodzi Park could not shed more light and only said they will refund all those who bought the tickets.
Efforts of to speak to Kanjadza yesterday as regards the press statement proved futile as her phone could not be reached.
Tigere was arrested in Lilongwe thereafter on suspicion of obtaining money using false pretense and fraud.
“Tigere Media was supposed to pay for Dru Hill’s USA – RSA flights in the deal amongst other things. It is worth noting that I travelled to Malawi on my own three days before Dru Hill was supposed to arrive so that I can prepare for their arrival and assist Umodzi Park’s outsourced technical team on the technical rider for Dru Hill.
Umodzi Park took advantage of my being arrested and ran to the newspapers painting Tigere Media and myself as fraudulent business entity and or a scam of a company thereby deforming my character to save their own faces,” said Tigere in a press statement.
Tigere confirmed that he was arrested but he said the magistrate court dismissed Umodzi Park’s claim.
He further claimed that he was arrested wrongfully and that his character was deformed in the process via print media and social media.
“We all know social Media has no boundaries so this has spread not only in Malawi but also worldwide, with my hometown included. Whether we will sue Umodzi Park for this or not, that’s a topic my lawyers and I have to discuss right now and our decision might not be made public,” reads the statement.
He said Tigere Media is a wholly black owned media company which strives to be the best in what they do and that to-date they have produced world class TV shows.
But asked to shed more light on what happened, Tigere said:
“I do appreciate your questions and if I was you I would ask such questions as well but it’s a bit sensitive for me right now to go deeper and even share emails supporting what I’m saying.
“My lawyer is also in the mix and I wouldn’t want to jeopardise the fact that we might sue Umodzi for illegally arresting me.”
He further said that it was also worth noting that Umodzi Park expected more people to turn up for the concert but with two days to go they had sold less than 300 tickets.
“We would like to apologise to all the people in Malawi that were looking forward to this show and promise that we, as Tigere Media, would like to make it up to you all in 2016 if you allow us,” he said.
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