DJ Fantan, Levels And Dhama Plead Guilty

How some New Year's fun went wrong

By  | Jan 05, 2021, 04:06 PM  | DJ Fantan  | Drama

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New meaning has been given to the Dhama reference by Winky D on his latest release Ragga Msambo. Winky said, "Ndirikupisa kunge shop yaDhama" and after the events of the past week it's now painted in a new light.

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"Shop yaDhama" was host to the most epic event of New Year's Eve that has ruffled many feathers. One of the pinnacles of the Zim-dancehall genre, DJ Fantan handed himself over to the police on Sunday after it was said he had been on the run.

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This came after performing at an illegal concert on December 31. It is being reported that fifty-two other people had been arrested already in relation to the event. Fantan is part of the famous Chillspot trio, Ribhe, Levels and Fantan. He was the main performer at a concert that has left the highest levels of government with egg on their face.

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As things stand Fantan, Levels and Dhama have pleaded guilty to breaching Covid-19 regulations over the New Year's Eve party attended by 1000s in Mbare. On Sunday Fantan and Dhama were being held in police custody on a 48-hour hold. This is according to H-Metro.

While they were on this hold Levels is said to have visited Fantan to drop of food and he was subsequently arrested at Matapi police station. Rumours circulating say that Souljah is also wanted by police over his performance at the Mbare gig.

While initially evading the police Fantan first posted a picture of himself with the late

 Genius "Ginimbi" Kadungure with the caption, "RIP BOSS GINIMBI." 

The post had a location that said Domboshava and many people were laughing in the comments section saying Fantan was trolling the authorities. Fellow producer and part of Chillspot records, Levels shared a post showing his support for his friend and many have been backing him. DJ Fantan even appeared on an Instagram live where he jokingly wanted Levels to call him Osama Bin Laden.

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Speaking to ZBC News over the weekend before DJ Fantan handed himself over, the National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said they were looking for the chief suspect in the case, popular music promoter, Fantan.

“We are conducting investigations and so far indications are that 52 people were arrested when police moved in to stop this bash, and we are told Fantan has a studio in Mbare where he puts speakers outside and plays music. He is now on the run. Police are currently looking for him,” said Assistant Commissioner Nyathi.

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“We want to assure the public that definitely, action will be taken. We are also conducting investigations to find out what really the police officers on the ground did… what role they played.”
“We want to urge the public, let us be responsible. Covid-19 is real. Let us not wait for someone to tell us to behave responsibly. Let us not wait for somebody to tell us that covid is killing people daily, including in our own country. Please, I want to appeal to the public: let us be safety-conscious and fight the covid-19 pandemic together. Let us support the efforts of the government; let us not take things for granted and cry foul when we have contracted the pandemic, when someone has died,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner Nyathi said they are also concerned about reports that a certain businessman hired sungura maestro Alick Macheso to perform at a family birthday celebration in Watsomba, Manicaland.

“The businessman is now also facing charges of contravening covid-19 regulations, where it is said twenty people attended the celebrations, but we want to verify. We are also aware that Macheso had been hired to perform on the 31st of December by another businessman in Mutare. That event was stopped by the police. so we want musicians to be responsible. Let’s not take for granted the issue of covid.”

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"Musicians should comply with covid-19 regulations. Business-people should comply with covid-19 regulations. This includes members of the public. Please, please, let us not wait for the police to force us to wear a mask, to practise social distancing, to sanitise," he went on.
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