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.
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