“They promised to pay me USD500 before the event, but then Furayi said he would send the money as soon as he got to Harare,” said Munodawafa. “Until now, nothing has materialised and my band members are now accusing me of duping them. Yet I didn’t get anything.”
Contacted for comment, Furayi dismissed the allegations, saying Munodawafa performed at his own expense. “That was only a peace prayer meeting and it was for free. We never talked about [the] money,” said Furayi. “We are on our national tour of the peace prayer meetings and if gospel musicians want to perform they are given the platform, and this is what Munodawafa did. We were in Masvingo and, since he is based there, he came to perform and it was for free.”
This is the second time Munodawafa has been embroiled in a payment wrangle. In 2010 he was allegedly cheated when Artisan Studios organised a successful gospel concert to raise money to fund Munodawafa’s eye surgery in the United States. The concert, which featured top South African musician Lundi Tyamara and Nigerian musician Uche, attracted a large crowd, but Munodawafa did not get what he had been promised.