SUNSET Sound Production, the promoter of the show which will feature Zodwa Wabantu, says they are in the process of getting clearance from the National Arts Council for the South African entertainer as advised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and National Guidance.
Sunset Sound Production proprietor Lucky Cheelo Munakampe told The Mast today that Zodwa had not been barred from entering Zambia as widely reported on social media but that they were told to formalize her performances.
Online reports had the past few days reported that Zodwa had been barred by religious affairs minister Reverend Godfridah Sumaili allegedly because she does not wear underpants.
Later, the online reports indicated that the promoter of the shows which would feature Zodwa did not have a licence to host a foreign artiste.
However, Rev Sumaili has denied stopping the entertainer from coming into the country but only expressed concern over her performances.
And Munakampe yesterday said everything was on course to having Zodwa in the country as planned during Karasa’s album launch.
“Yesterday, we were at National Arts Council to formalize the artist’s clearance process. So we hope by Tuesday or thereabout, the clearance process would have been completed,” said Munakampe.
“We held a meeting with the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the spokesperson Mr Mumba Tembo, after we heard rumors about the purported ban of Zodwa Wabantu. The ministry did clarify to us that it doesn’t handle invitations of foreign artists and that we simply needed to follow normal procedure as required by the National Arts Council.”