“Zim Clubs busy bringing "TOP" acts from other countries & paying thousands USD yet can't support & pay their very own local acts in USD. How are we supposed to grow if you can't support your very own & you expect us the pull miracles on High quality videos & production. Nxaaa,” tweeted Stavo.
The tweet has generated a lot of talk amongst twimbos (Zimbabwe twitter community) with majority agreeing that club owners are shortchanging local acts.
“Local artists should be supported we know those foreign artists because they are fully supported in their countries,” tweeted Fortune Khumalo.
Another response to Stavo’s tweet by Brian Kasu reads, “Sad indeed. Charity begins at home. We must learn from other countries. Look in Jamaica, UK, and USA they support their artists e.g. #Hollywood and India #Bollywood. These countries really support their arts. Let's us learn to copy from others.”
However, they are others like Terrence Gutsi who say the problem is that local acts are not professional.
“The problem is some of our local artists are not serious with their business. Being on spotlight is a huge achievement to them. Hence they'll end up not performing well at a big stage no wonder why you see when those international artists came only a few artists make it,” shared Gutsi.
Kinky Nyawana felt it all has to do with the balancing of books.
“The question I would ask you is that how many zimbos are willing to pay large sums of money to listen to you? The clubs are a business like any other, driven by profits. If the local artists are not profitable for the club, then hapana nyaya. So local artists need to up their game,” questioned Nyawana.
Despite the myriad of mixed responses his initial tweet has triggered, Stavo has continued sharing more tweets encouraging people to build the industry.
“It upsets me how underrated Zim Music is. We deserve so much more recognition. So much amazing talent basically going to waste. It's time we put a system in place. Music has saved a lot of youths, getting them off the streets & into studios. More needs to be done asap. Let’s Build,” tweeted Stavo.
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