DJ Tira accused of stealing Durban events organizer’s ideas
DJ Tira has been accused of theft of an idea.
Floyd Gcingca from The West Is Alive Events and Management Projects says that Tira’s new event, Gumba Fest – Ulundi Edition is his concept.
Although Gumba Fest is a well-known annual event, the format for this year’s fest strongly resembles the ideas he put forth to Tira in March, he claims.
Gcingca says he approached Tira with an idea to collaborate on events centered on the popular Soweto soccer derbies.
Gcingca said that his idea included a pre-party preceding the game the night before, a “Legends Cup” match involving locals, a live screening of the derby and a chill session the following day.
Tira’s event resembles his idea barring the Boot Camp with Somizi.
“The initial purpose was to create a hype around the Soweto derby in Joburg while including [KZN] supporters through the event and that’s exactly what Tira did; he stole my idea,” said Gcingca.
When heroes let you down
In e-mails seen by Sunday World between the two, Gcinga writes: “Kindly note that the reason I approached you about the concept I had is simply because I highly honour, respect your workmanship and it was always my vision as a businessman to work with you and I will not rest until that vision is realised.”
Gcingca claims that Tira really liked his idea but after a series of meeting Tira became too busy- probably busy manifesting the idea.
An e-mail from Tira reads: “I’m sorry my brother my year is just too hectic I won’t have time to work on this project.”
When asked for a comment, Tira said: “I will rather not comment.”
The poster for Tira’s gig in Ulundi does advertise a pre-party, Legacy Cup and a “chillas.”
In the cut throat industry of events, it is always difficult to know who’s right and who’s wrong.
Did Dj Tira steal Floyd Gcingca’s ideas? What do you think?