The much hyped Chillspot Passa Passa 5th Anniversary celebration which were supposed to happen in Mbare, Matapi at the Chillspot Recordz base were disrupted by the the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday.
The celebrations had billed some of the best local dancehall acts like Soul Jah Love, Killer T, Kinna and more to perform for free to a crowd from all over the country. According to local media personality Oscar Pambuka of Oscar Pambuka Productions, some people had come from as far as South Africa.
Chillspot Records which is nicknamed Mangoma Depot has been the hub for local dancehall and managed to bring out most of the now popular dancehall acts like Killer T and Blot who rose to fame last year after featuring on a riddim produced at the studio. The studio has been based in Mbare for the past 5 years.
“Chillspot family hatiskufara, hatiskufara nematritirwo atirikuita,” started one of the founders at Chillspot Records Fantan in a video posted on Facebook. “Nhasi ranga ririzuva ratanga tichifanirwa kuclebrator 5th annivesary yeChillspot, tanga tichida kuita give back to the community.”
As Chillspot family we are not happy with the way we are being treated, today we were supposed to celebrate our 5th anniversary by giving back to the community [through the Passa Passa].
Reasons why the event was cancelled are not yet clear, but according to DJ Fantan, they had police approval to hold the event prior. Speculations have suggested that the police were wary of the massive turn out the event was attracting while there were only a few police on the ground to cover the area.
Due to extensive promotion done on the part of the organizers via platforms like social media and even on radio stations, the excitement was high and so was the crowd.
DJ Fantan has promised to host another celebration at the Stodart Netball Complex, but then that means its not free anymore. “Tanga tisingade kudaro,” says Fantan.