DJ Fantan And Others Renew Bid For Freedom
Famed Zim dancehall music producers DJ Fantan and Levels of Chillspot Records and promoter Boss Dhama have asked the High Court to grant them bail pending an appeal against their one-year jail term.
The trio was arrested after they organized an unsanctioned musical concert on New Year’s Eve, in breach of Covid-19 regulations.
Magistrate Guwuriro found DJ Fantan (Arnold Kamudyariwa ), and Levels (Tafadzwa Kadzimwe ) together with Simbarashe “Dhama” Chanachimwe guilty of contravening Statutory Instrument 77 of 2020 that prohibits ‘convening of a public gathering during a national lockdown’.
The magistrate subsequently sentenced DJ Fantan, Levelz and Dhama to 12 months in prison, however, 6 months were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
In their High Court application, DJ Fantan and his fellow accomplices claimed that if the court grants them their freedom they would use their massive influence in the arts to assist health authorities in the fight against Covid-19.
During court proceedings, the trio also tried to employ the same tactics but Magistrate Guwiriro overlooked their supposed influence.
Many were outraged by the ‘unfair way’ the authorities targeted the Mbare based outfit arguing that there were other gatherings that took place on New Year’s Eve in the affluent suburbs but no arrests were made.
Music artists including Award-winning Jiti/Afro-pop star Jah Prayzah threw their weight behind the producers.
Jah Prayzah penned the following message of solidarity on Instagram:
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