THE two-day Gugulethu Jazz Festival starts tomorrow but yesterday there was some uncertainty about the final line-up after it emerged that jazz guitarist Jimmy Dludlu and singer-songwriter and poet Zahara are not on the programme.
Organisers of the event, PlatMedia Group, had punted the musicians to perform, but yesterday it emerged the two were never contracted for the festival at Gugulethu Stadium.
“The only time you can go and advertise that the artist will perform is when the artist is actually booked and you have a contract in place,” Zahara’s spokesman Sanele Dlamini said.
He said she had never been booked. “Zahara will not be there because she doesn’t have a contract at all. Even Jimmy Dludlu had not been booked. I spoke to his manager who told me that he too had no contract,” said Dlamini.
Yesterday the festival’s Facebook page no longer showed pictures of the musicians, but still carried a message which read: “Brought to you by PlatMedia Group (Entertainment at its best). We will have the likes of Mi Casa, Simphiwe Dana, Moneoa, Zama Jobe, Jimmy Dludlu, Selaelo Selota,
Sai and Ribatone, Mafikizolo and more.”
PlatMedia director Shaun Sishuba confirmed Dludlu and Zahara were not part of the line-up. “They dropped off because of no understanding between the parties,” he said.
He said other artists still to perform included dancer-turned singer Moneoa, SA Music Award winner Simphiwe Dana and Afropop songstress Zamajobe Sithole.
Facebook user Khayelihle Gama posted a message asking for clarity on the programme: “We have tickets, but no one seems to know the line-up.”