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Locals unhappy with Durban Day lineup

The much anticipated Durban Picnic Day is around the corner and this year’s lineup of Artists promises nothing but full on excitement, with the country’s top performers set to dazzle the expected large number of people who will be attending.

While this year’s lineup is full of crowd favourites and artists who are at the peak of their game right now, there appears to be a section of locals who strongly feel that no justice was done when it comes to the representation of Durban based talent in this event. Many of those people who are criticizing the lack of local artists’ participation took to the twitter streets to voice their dissatisfaction.

The main issue at hand appears to be the claim that event organisers are not doing enough to contribute towards the development of artists who are based in Durban. Instead, all the money and exposure is given to Jo’burg artists who are already well established and flourishing in their respective careers. So basically, the underlying question here is: are organisers morally obliged to uplift homegrown talent in events of this magnitude?

Speaking to one of Durban’s most prominent events promoters, who wished to remain anonymous, he attributed this perceived problem to short sightedness and disregard of the music industry, profit driven motives, as well as a systematic manipulation of government resources. “Ama companies afana neEast Coast Radio awanendaba nezinto eziningi. Afuna ukwenza imali nje qha! Okuxaka kakhulu ukuthi they don’t even play the music of the artists which they booked for this event, on their radio station. That tells you very clearly ukuthi babasebenzisela ukuheha ama sponsor nabantu nje kuphela kanye nokudla kahle imali yakaMasipala”, he said.

This DBN Picnic Day has been marred by a lot of controversy before when a teenager was stabbed to death after an altercation broke out between two groups of youths during the event. SAPS reported that these groups were allegedly insulting each other when one of the teenagers stabbed the victim in the chest. After stabbing the victim, the suspect then dropped the knife and fled whilst his friends allegedly kicked the deceased.

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