Freshly Ground refused entry into Zimbabwe: report

South African band, Freshly Ground has been denied entry into Zimbabwe, the country's Southern Eye newspaper reported on its website Monday.

Freshly Ground perform during the 4th Annual MTN Durban Music Jazz Festival at the Hazelmere Dam, 45 kilometres north of Durban, KwaZulu Natal, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 27 December 2006. Picture: SAPA stringer
Freshly Ground perform during the 4th Annual MTN Durban Music Jazz Festival at the Hazelmere Dam, 45 kilometres north of Durban, KwaZulu Natal, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 27 December 2006. Picture: SAPA stringer

The band was turned away at Harare International Airport on Sunday soon after their flight from Johannesburg had landed.

No reasons were given, the newspaper reported.

They were due to stage the closing performance at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa).

In 2010 the group was banned from staging a show in Harare, days after releasing their "Chicken to Change" video which mocked Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe for staying in power. He became head of government in 1980.

The song urged Mugabe to “become the hero he used to be” by stepping down.

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