Popular music producer, Dj T-man of Mount Zion Records has urged his counterparts to abort their ghetto based studio establishments and move to more central venues so as to avert hustles.
This follows the move by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority’s (ZESA) to intensify load shedding mechanism currently taking a toll on several businesses and households as a result of low water levels at Kariba Power Station, generation constraints at Hwange Power Station and limited imports, according to Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission & Distribution Company (ZETDC) a ZESA subsidiary company.
Commenting on the issue that has taken music business to its knees, as music producers continue to cry foul over the persistent power cuts, T-man, whose studio is based in the Harare Central Business District (CBD), said this experience should be a lesson for his counterparts to have their establishments in the CBD.
“Here in town we seldom experience electricity power cuts and I think my fellow music producers should take these power cuts as a lesson to open studios in the CBD area rather than in the ghettos,” he said.
T-man also added that he has recorded a rise in business since the crisis commenced as more artists are turning to him.
“As a result of this crisis, my business has quite boomed, as you know, if OK supermarket goes broke everyone will head to TM supermarket,” he said.
Meanwhile, co-founder of Mbare based Chillspot Records, Dj Fantan says the power cuts have provoked an expense rise in the conduction of their work.
“The crisis is really taking a toll on us, we are now forced to fork out money where we never used to. Having power cuts on a daily basis, we had to purchase a generator which needs fuel to run, fuel that we can’t get at service stations which no longer allow people to but fuel using fuel cans. As a result, we are getting fuel on the black market at very exorbitant prices,” he said.