CALL it déjà vu, but a Zimbabwe newspaper is reporting that dancehall artiste Busy Signal was brought before the court for breaching a contractual agreement in that country.
He was, however, cleared of the charge.
According to the News Day, Busy Signal — who is on tour in Africa — appeared before High Court judge Justice Matanda-Moyo on Wednesday on a suit by Patrick Hundu of Long Cash Entertainment.
According to reports, Long Cash Entertaiment made a deposit of $5,500 as a commitment fee on $55,000 gig in August, but failed to make the non-refundable deposit of $27,500 byJune 4, 2015.
The article quoted Galey Gordon, Busy Signal’s manager and CEO of Turf Music Entertainment, as saying the promoters had dishonoured the agreement.
“The applicant (Long Cash) breached the contract between the parties by failing to honour Clause 1 of the agreement.
This clause specifically provides that a non-refundable deposit in the sum of $27,500 should have been paid before June 4, 2015. This condition precedent was not fulfilled thus occasioning a material breach of contract by the applicant, thus nullifying the contract in its entirety,” said Gordon in an affidavit.
In July of this year, Busy Signal was embroiled in a similar matter in Trinidad and Tobago. The artiste — who was performing in that country — was hauled before the court for failing to repay over US$37,000 due to a local promoter.
He paid US$15,000 and agreed to pay the remainder in 30 days.
Several efforts were made to contact for Busy Signal and his management team for a comment were unsuccessful.