Bouncer Brawl Breaks Out at Jah Prayzah Album Launch: Chaos Erupts as Bulawayo and Harare Bouncers Clash
Revellers witnessed an unexpected brawl during the highly anticipated album launch of Zimbabwean musician Jah Prayzah. The incident occurred at the Queens Sports Club, turning the event into a chaotic spectacle. Bouncers, divided between the cities of Harare and Bulawayo, engaged in a territorial dispute that quickly escalated into a violent confrontation.
Unravelling the Conflict
B-Metro reports that the organizers of the Jah Prayzah concert had made arrangements to bring in three bouncers from Harare, believing them to be trustworthy and reliable. However, the situation took an ugly turn when a group of approximately seven Bulawayo bouncers decided to challenge their Harare counterparts, resulting in a clash at the main gate. The altercation drew the attention of the police and left some attendees injured.
Amidst the chaos, one bouncer voiced his resentment:
“You can’t come all the way from Harare to tell us what to do. This is our home, our territory. Where do you think we’ll get money to feed our families when you invade and work in our place?”
The Importance of Trust and Security
The choice to hire bouncers for an event hinges upon trust and reliability. Organizers prioritize these aspects to ensure the safety of both attendees and their financial interests. Local promoter Mduduzi Mdlongwa emphasized the significance of trust when selecting bouncers:
“When you hire bouncers to provide security at your gig, honesty is vital. You must trust the bouncers at the gate because they will be guarding your money as well as the revellers at the show.”
Mdlongwa also condemned the violence instigated by the bouncers and proposed a solution for promoters to strike a balance in employing security personnel:
“Promoters should consider augmenting their security by incorporating local bouncers. By doing so, they can maintain peace and offer local bouncers employment opportunities. Rather than hiring individuals, it is advisable to approach established security companies.”
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The Plight of Bouncers
One bouncer, who requested anonymity, shed light on their motivation to allow patrons to enter by paying them directly, explaining the inadequate compensation they receive from promoters.
“The honest truth is promoters don’t pay us. For all the shows we work, we receive a mere US$30 instead of at least US$100. Due to these meager wages, some bouncers resort to accepting money on the side and allowing free entry.”
While disapproving of violence, the bouncer emphasized the need for fair payment, stating,
“We won’t allow outsiders to encroach upon our territory. We have families to feed, so if people come and steal bread from us, what must we do?“
Bouncers play a crucial role in maintaining order and security at events. However, the recent clash between Harare and Bulawayo bouncers at Jah Prayzah’s album launch highlights the underlying issues of territorial disputes and insufficient compensation. Promoters must prioritize trust, fair payment, and collaboration between security teams to ensure the success and safety of future events.