Zimbabwe: South African band deported

The South African pop group Freshly Ground was immediately sent packing soon after it touched down at the Harare International Airport on 4 May 2014, but reasons for the deportation remained sketchy with Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke saying he was equally puzzled by the development.

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According to News Day, informed sources at the airport said the group could have been turned away for political reasons after having produced a controversial video, ‘Chicken for change 2010’, which denounces President Robert Mugabe for clinging on to power.

“They were led to a room and showed the video before they were deported,” the source said.

News Day – 5 May 2014:
Hifa closing act Freshly Ground deported
Government deported a South African pop music outfit, Freshly Ground, billed to mark the closure of this year’s edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa).

Index on Censorship – 13 May 2014:
South African band that wrote song about Mugabe denied entry to Zimbabwe
By Firdose Moonda