REVIVED musician Potato (real name Edwin Nyaruka) was arrested yesterday afternoon at Five Avenue Shopping Centre. Ironically, he was arrested for selling pirated Compact Discs (CDs) of foreign movies and other musicians’ music. This is against the background that his fellow musicians are leading the anti-piracy crusade!
H-Metro hooked up with him as he was still handcuffed and locked up at the Five Avenue Police Base. Initial reports reaching this paper had it that Potato had been busted for shoplifting, but he DENIED these allegations and set the record straight. He admitted to have committed a crime but NOT shoplifting. “Mayaz blaz handina kurova shop dambu, igap remadiscs Haisi horror stereki (No, I did not shoplift, I was just selling discs),” said Potato who was looking dejected.
Police officers manning the post refused to give any comment to H-Metro. “We have no mandate to comment, please refer to our head office,” said the female cop at the office. Potato rose to fame in the 90s when he used to wow at National Galas as Andy Brown’s sidekick. He is popular with his chants on Andy Brown’s Mapurisa, Zindoga and his solo projects that put him in the local dancehall hall of fame.
However his career was threatened by poor health but he was currently on the road to regaining his status as a top chanter after releasing a gospel album last year and was bound to be roped in by Progress Chipfumo this year. The non-viability of his genre of music has forced him to venture into several money making schemes.
Recently, this paper reported that he was now a tout plying the City-Mbare route and he probably realised that there was more money in trading pirated CDs. When H-Metro left the police post last night, Potato was still holed up under police custody.