Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
ORGANISERS of the much-anticipated JamAfro Festival that had been slated for Alex Sports Club on December 18 have rescheduled the event to next year.
The ‘aborted’ festival is no longer taking place following a surge in Covid-19 cases, event organisers say.
Jamaica’s hottest female chanter Nelaah, South African energy goddess Makhadzi and her Zimbabwe-born producer Mr Brown were set to grace the event along with an array of locals.
Ugandan diva Winnie Nwagi was also set to join the tour parading the best from Jamaica, South Africa, East Africa and Zimbabwe.
In a statement, UK based JamAfro coordinator and Negos Entertainment boss, Bonface Jana said the festival will be held next year.
“We as JamAfro Festival have made this decision to reschedule the festival to April 2, 2022 following the announcement by the Government of the republic of Zimbabwe about this new Omicron variant.
“We are people first before titles like artist, promoter or pilot.
“This virus attacks people no matter who you are so the health of everyone is a priority and even though we rescheduled the event we still stand guided by the Health Ministry and our Government on how to proceed in these times.
“We had foreign artistes on our line-up and part of JamAfro management is based in UK and USA so we were going to have artists and management in quarantine by the time the event is held,” he said.
Jana has assured merry-makers that the event will return once the new Omicron variant is under control.
“We appeal to everyone who were looking forward to see their stars performing that we will deliver your event and we were all prepared when this variant hit us.
“Lastly, I want to emphasise that no advance ticket was sold for this event either by us or our partners.
“We will announce how tickets will be released and sold and we encourage people to keep checking our website www.jamafrofestival.com for information and ticket sales,” he said.
“As much we were also disappointed to make this decision, we are happy to announce that we will be having the East African queen, Winnie Nwagi on the festival as she would have missed the Harare gig through commitments in Uganda.
“Also to grace the festival will be two guest artists from Canada, so people should brace themselves for two days of African and Jamaican music at its best in Harare 2 April and Bulawayo 3 April 2022.”