Police arrest South African agent on Dru Hill’s Malawi failed trip

Malawi police have arrested an agent Umodzi Park hired to bring American music group, Dru Hill, for allegedly obtaining money on false pretence.

Dru Hill: No show

Dru Hill: No show

Umodzi Park hired Archbald Tugere, a South African citizen, to facilitate Dru Hill’s performance in Malawi but the show was cancelled at eleventh hour when music fanatics were expecting to welcome the grouping in the country on Friday.

Tugere owns Tugere TV Media and Events, and pocketed 35,000 rands (about K2 million) from Umodzi Park to facilitate Dru Hill’s Malawi’s performance.

National police Media and Public Relations Officer, Nicholas Gondwa confirmed to Nyasa Times on Sunday that they are currently keeping in custody Tugere for allegedly obtaining money under false pretence.

”He is at Lingazi police. The charges were laid by Miss Temwa Kanjadza of Umodzi Park,” said Gondwa.

Gondwa said Tugere is accused of failing to meet contractual terms stipulated in an agreement made between Umodzi Park and his company.

Local music fanatics who were anticipating seeing multi-platinum selling American music group, Dru Hill on stage this weekend have no kind words for the organizers following the group’s decision to
cancell its trip to Malawi due to misunderstandings with the promoter.

Dru Hill, together with lead singer Sisqó, was expected to perform at the 8,000 capacity Umodzi Park in capital Lilongwe tomorrow December 12, courtesy of Peermont Hotels the managers of the venue.

The grouping also cancelled trip to South Africa where they were scheduled to perform at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on December 18.

“Disappointingly, Tigere Media, a South African based promoter has cancelled the Dru Hill concert scheduled to take place at Umodzi Park on December 12,” reads in part the statement issued out by Umodzi Park Sales and Marketing Manager, Temwa Kanjadza .

Kanjadza said a dispute between the artist and Tigere Media resulted in the unfortunate cancellation of the concert.

Many music lovers especially in Lilongwe had already bought tickets to the events, and the development surely infuriate corporate sponsors such as Airtel Malawi who were part of those supporting the event.

Kanjadza said they have started  processing the refunds to those who bought advance tickets.

“Those who have already purchased tickets through various selling points in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu will receive a full refund,” she added.

Dru Hill was expected to be joined on stage by local musician Skeffa Chimoto and Veejay Ice.

The group is composed of four members namely Sisqó, Jazz, Nokio and Tao. The group was most popular during the late 1990s, with a repertoire that included R&B, soul, hip hop soul and gospel music.

 

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Archie
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I was the promoter for this show and no one asked me for my side of the story. I have a press release ready explaining everything.

Bololo
Guest

Is Dru Hill still around? When did they last produce a hit song?
Reminds me of KC & JoJo.

Ayooobe mbuZi
Guest

Ayobeeee musazimve odziwa malamulo! You are nothing more like the rest of us …… dont think u are a better intellectual….. fotseki! masapu mmangolemba ku Chanco aja anakuonesani kuti ndinu mbulibe. Osamazimva udolo, gang’ali wachabechabe, vubwe, kukucha, nkanda tsaya, gulukunyinda iwe.

Felix
Guest

DRU HILL DRU HILL CHANI OSAYITANA ANYAMATA AMASIKU ANOWA BWANJI ACHINA C BREEZY, LIL WAYNE, LADY NICKI, FETTY WAP, DRAKE, TYGA, MEEK MILLZ OLO GULU LONSE LA YMCMB NDI ENA AMBIRI. 35 YONSO INALI YONSE KAPENA DEPOSIT?

Cheyo the real northerner
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Cheyo the real northerner

I hate pple like Ayobeee De Zobue who would always want to be clever in public. What is wrong with police explaination. You an Empty head indeed.

Nancy
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Marketing manager Wa umodzi park ndi mbuzi

Moses Makoko
Guest

my contributions are:
1) a malawi tulo too much, we are all complaining that our chuma is struggling, but we are busy inviting international artists to come and impoverish us even more! This week was for these dru hills, last week was basket mouth the other week was someone else and if u check dollar zakezo??? we have alot of dunderheads from top to bottom!
2) this is a civil case. man mwawamangawo kunafunika kukawasumila osati kuwaika pa tcheni, mukumawerenga malamulo koma?

airtel
Guest

None of my business, odi ndikathile fertiliser ine.

mtumbuka1
Guest

One day I will come to Malawi and save my country from all these unscrupulous fortune seekers. I will change that country…just watch this space.

spiderweb
Guest

This is not a criminal offence. Take care Malawi police you will pay dearly when this man is released.

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