DJ Fantan, Levels And Dhama To Wait For Their Freedom:
The Popular music producers DJ Fantan and Levelz of Chillspot Records and music promoter Dhama who were sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for going against Covid-19 lockdown regulations will have to wait for their freedom after High Court Judge justice Davison Foroma reserved judgment in their bail application case.
One New Year’s Eve, the three are reported to have organized a gathering which went against Covid-19 lockdown regulations “2021 Welcome Passa Passa”.
The concert was hosted by more than twenty Zim dancehall artists and had a crowd that was estimated to be close to a thousand people.
After pleading guilty to the charge of contravening Statutory Instrument 77 of 2020 that prohibits ‘convening of a public gathering during a national lockdown’, Harare Magistrate Violet Guwuriro proceeded to sentence Arnold Kamudyariwa popularly known as Dj Fantan and Levels (Tafadzwa Kadzimwe ) together with Simbarashe “Dhama” Chanachimwe to 12 months imprisonment.
However, 6 months were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
While in Chirubi Maximum Prison the trio then approached the High Court seeking bail pending an appeal against their one-year jail sentence.
According to a report by iHarare, their lawyer Dumisani Mthombeni pleaded with the court and stated that if granted bail DJ Fantan, DJ Levels and Dhama would use their influence in the arts industry to assist health authorities and raise awareness in the fight against Covid-19.
In an interview with online publication Zim Live. Tafadzwa Hungwe who is part of the legal team representing DJ Fantan, DJ Levels, and producer Dhama stated that:
Their appeal has been heard before Justice Davison Foroma at the Harare High Court, but the judgement was reserved.