HYPE was building up over what was billed as an “elegant, soulful Sunday with Sjava” in the Vaal, south of Joburg. But scores of fans were left disappointed after learning the ad was false and that, in fact, there would be no performance at BK’s Lifestyle Lounge, Sebokeng.
Yesterday, Sjava apologised to his Vaal fans, saying he didn’t know anything about the show.
“I was never booked. Apologies to my fans who paid for tickets to a show I knew nothing of,” said the BET award winner. “It was a scam, all fake. I was never booked for the Vaal.”
The artist’s record label, Ambitiouz Records, agreed that it was a booking scam.
Andre Lekota from the pub in zone 14 told Daily Sun they had indeed booked Sjava through an event organiser called Drago Events Solutions, which they normally worked with.
“Payment was made but Sjava was a no-show. We didn’t know what had happened until Monday when we discover it was all a scam,” said Lekota. “We were told Sjava knew nothing about the booking. We tried to make calls to Drago events, whose phone rang unanswered.”
The People’s Paper also tried to contact the company. A person who picked up the phone hung up as soon as the SunReporter enquired about the bogus bookings. Several attempts to get their comment were unsuccessful.
Ambitiouz Entertainment put up the poster that had been used to advertise the gig on social media and marked it as a false ad.
A source who works closely with Sjava said this was not the first time they had received claims he had been booked for an event he knew nothing about.