DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha were set to open the Victoria Falls Carnival on 29 April but allegedly failed to arrive on the day.
DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sh

Amapiano stars DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha, were booked to open the 10th annual Victoria Falls Carnival at the Elephant Hills Hotel on Friday, 29 April. According to Newsday, all three Tender Love hitmakers did not pitch for the gig.

Kabza de Small

Kabza de Small spent his weekend in Cape Town instead of performing at the Vic Falls Carnival; in Zimbabwe.

A source told the publication that the artists were fully paid to perform, but there was no communication from their management teams about why they failed to pitch.


Victoria Falls Carnival organisers described the three-day festival as “Africa’s most exciting and adventurous music festival”.

The three-day event, which kicked off on 29 April, welcomed some of Africa’s best talents, including Jerusalema hitmaker Master KG, businesswoman and rapper Boity, Zimbabwean rapper Takuru and DJ Shimza.

Boity hosted an “All White Peachy Affair” on Saturday, 30 April, at the Elephant Hills Hotel.


As per NewsDay, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha were all set to perform on 29 April at the Victoria Falls Carnival but did not arrive in Zambia for the gig. 

“All three artists were fully paid their charges and contractually bound to perform at the carnival, but surprisingly they failed to turn up,” said a source. 

“There was no communication to the carnival organisers by the artists.”

“Maybe [they] will be forced to reschedule their performances depending [on] the decision to be made by the carnival director.”


In a statement released on Sunday 1 May, Victoria Falls Carnival organisers confirmed that flights and accommodation were organised for DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha. 

“Confirmations were sent to them as agreed and emails were sent to them several times before, for some reason they did not show up at the airport on the day of travel.”

“Above and beyond, we tried to communicate with the artists to change the performance date, but still we could not get hold of them despite all the effort and all means of communication from our side,” continues the statement. 
Organisers have demanded that the artists refund them the total booking fee and the payments made for flights and accommodation.