The long-running feud between Calvin Nhliziyo, best known at Cal-vin, and Bulawayo radio station Skyz Metro FM over the station’s playing of his music was finally resolved with the two parties resolving to bury the hatchet earlier this week.
The truce was declared in a statement yesterday by the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe.
On Monday 28 September, the Bulawayo Provincial Adjudication Committee of the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) mediated a case involving misunderstandings resulting from social media interactions between the Bulaway musician, Calvin Nhliziyo, and Sky Metro FM.
“The exchanges led to Calvin barring Sky Metro FM from playing his music, while Skyz Metro FM responded with a blanket blackout of the artiste. Since January this year Skyz Metro FM has banned and has not played any of Calvin’s music on any of its programmes,” said VMCZ executive director Loughty Dube.
The station CEO, Godwin Phiri, and the station’s executive producer, Possenti Sikhosana, represented Skyz Metro at the mediation meeting.
A complaint filed by Nkululeko Sibanda, identified as a fan of Calvin and a listener of Skyz Metro FM, was followed by the VMCZ intervention. Sibanda implored VMCZ in the complaint to resolve the matter because Skyz Metro FM is a member of the VMCZ.
At the beginning of this year, the feud between the artist and the station degenerated into a social media war in which the singer prevented the station from playing his music and went on to create a diss track against the station.
The station has committed to playing the singer’s music following this week’s mediation meeting and both sides have since vowed to settle any potential disagreements through positive interaction as opposed to social media attacks.
Skyz Metro FM has already indicated that they have interviews lined up with Cal-vin.