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Organisers of the Green Concert, which is billed to feature international musicians Kunle Ayo, Ringo Madlingozi and Winnie Khumalo at 7 Arts Theatre tomorrow, are under fire after the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe warned them against holding the event without a promoter’s licence.

It has emerged the Green Concert organising team led by musician Dereck Mpofu is not registered with the arts council, making it illegal for them to hold the concert.

Last week NACZ read the riot act to unregistered promoters saying they would face the music if they are caught on the wrong side of the law.

The organisers of the concert were not on the list of registered promoters released by the arts governing board.

NACZ communications officer Cathrine Mtombeni said they will not tolerate unregistered promoters.

“The issue of Green Concert is being covered by the following terms:

“Organisers of any concert in Zimbabwe have to be registered as provided in the quoted statutes. It is critical to mention that such an act is deemed illegal according to SI 87 of 2006 Part II Paragraph 4 that say “No arts organisation shall operate in terms of these regulations without being registered,” said Mtombeni.

She said any person who will be caught on the wrong side of the law would face music.

“Should one be caught promoting without a valid NACZ licence, Part VI Paragraph 14 of the same SI says “Any person who contravenes any provision of these regulations shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding Level 14 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years or to both such fine and such imprisonment,” she said.

Water Conservation and Zero Littering Campaign goodwill ambassador Mpofu, who is leading the concert confirmed that there were issues with the arts council.

“Yes there are issues but we are sure that by Friday (tomorrow) everything will be okay as it is being handled at Government level,” said Mpofu.

Local artistes Alexio Kawara, Ras Caleb, Esther Mukazika, Wensy Mupostori, Rute Mbangwa and PaxGomo are also billed to perform at the concert.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that several promoters have not yet registered with the arts governing body and some of them are organising shows illegally.

Mtombeni said they were already taking action against such people who are promoting arts events without valid licences.

“Council will always engage with any organisation found promoting the arts without a valid NACZ licence and encourages them to regularise their operations according to Statutory Instrument 87 of 2006. If any organisation fails or refuses to comply with the registration procedures and requirements, NACZ will inform the law enforcement agents, central and local government departments as well as venue owners not to cooperate in the illegal activity,” she said.

Source : The Herald