Artists have called on promoters to be professional and honest by owning up to the stipulated demands of shows as well as contracts.

In what artists would want to call the major showbiz setback of the year, several musicians and artists are crying foul over alleged ill treatment from promoters that occurred at the unsuccessful Great Zimbabwe International Festival that was set for last weekend in Masvingo.

Despite signing contracts that guaranteed accommodation and other benefits like performance payment, a dozen of musicians claim to have been ill treated with clear signs of contract breaching as the diaspora based promoter could not own up to the mishap.

One of the musicians had to ferry a 13-member band to the festival although nothing has yet been done to compensate for the losses incurred.

The promoters of the festival claim that accommodation was availed to all artists although food was not to be provided according to the contracts.

The promoter, Eugene Majuru said the show had however to be cancelled because of circumstances beyond their control.

The Great Zimbabwe International Festival was scheduled for the 27th and 28th of this month and a number of musicians including Sulumani Chimbetu, Dadza D, Loveness Mainato and Albert Nyathi, among others were billed to perform.