Douglas Chimbetu is mulling pulling out of his Diamond Studios contract after an alleged breach of contract by the record label.
BY SILENCE CHARUMBIRA
This only perpetuates the trouble that the record label finds itself in after another musician Romeo Gasa recently filed court papers against the stable for breach of contract.
Chimbetu accuses the record label of failing to meet their contractual obligations, among them failure to market his album and delay in the release of his DVD.
In a recent interview with Standardlife&style Chimbetu said he was considering leaving the label.
“They are holding on to my DVD and they have done very little in marketing my debut album,” said Chimbetu.
“I am seriously considering leaving them because it is jeopardising my plans.”
Chimbetu released his debut Tsimba last year after parting ways with his father Allan, who initially joined Sulumani before he also went solo, but feels the project has not been marketed.
Diamond Studios artiste and repertoire manager John Muroyi however rubbished the musician’s claims.
“I returned to Harare after spending three weeks going around the country marketing music, his included,” said Muroyi.
“I travelled from Harare to Bulawayo and went through Midlands and Masvingo while another team travelled to Manicaland for two weeks. So I do not get what he means when he says his music was not marketed.”
On the issue of the DVD, Muroyi said Chimbetu had shot a substandard video in one location which could not be released onto the market.
He however said there could be other issues that he felt needed to be addressed other than marketing.
Meanwhile, the musician appears to be scaling to greater heights with his billing next month against superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Alick Macheso and Jah Prayzah at Aquatic Complex on December 6.
Since his break onto the limelight late last year, the artiste has been shadowed by his magnanimous cousins Sulu and Tryson.
But the modest musician believes he is on track.
“It will be a fete playing with Tuku, Macheso and Jah Prayzah on the same day, particularly at the giant Aquatic Complex. I believe we have been doing well,” he said.