The event organisers have used my name unlawfully to advertise their event-Lizibo
The organisers of the annual Domboshaba Cultural Festival may soon find themselves in hot water as Afro pop artist and Kalanga crooner, Lizibo Simon is considering litigation for what he alleges is the unlawful use of his name to advertise their festival. According to the “Malebeswa” hit-maker he will not be performing at this year’s event slated for 29th September, 2018 as there has never been a formal agreement between the two parties that confirms his participation at the festival.
“My name was included on a poster they used on their Facebook page without my knowledge nor my agreement. As a result I have lost of business, so I am seeking to quantify my losses as well as an apology from the team,” Lizibo told Time Out.
Lizibo said there was only an enquiry made three months ago by the event’s organisers concerning his availability to perform on the set date, but a conclusion was not reached because they could not commit to his charges.
“The Domboshaba management has failed to engage with myself despite my numerous attempts and are no longer taking my calls which has left me with no choice but to seek legal intervention as they have proven to be unprofessional, untrustworthy and untruthful,” he stated.
Before the confrontation, the Waka Naka hit-maker said he was lenient and not hasty to pursue the matter because of the festival’s mission of celebrating Kalanga culture. “But they have failed to meet my demands. I would also like to urge all the stakeholders and clients to make inquiries before spending on such events to avoid disappointment. It takes years to build a brand and a minute to destroy it,” he said.
Time Out, contacted the President of Domboshaba Cultural Festival’s Trust, Kangangwane Phatshwane whose phone rang unanswered while the Chairperson of the Trust, Chigedze Chinyepi and Abel Mabuse who is contracted to organise were both unreachable.