After putting up a HOOOT display alongside the Momo King Samba dancers from Brazil at the Private Lounge in a thrilling show on Wednesday night, raunchy dancer Beverly Sibanda slapped an unidentified male fan accusing him of fondling her backside soon after her performance.
The performance, which drew a full house, was part of the Harare International Carnival Samba Night gig.
“Why are you touching me? I’m not a pr-ostitute,” Bev shouted at the fan in a scuffle witnessed by this reporter and others.
The drama continued as the unidentified man blocked Bev’s car attracting the attention of other patrons before going to the Market Square police post and returning in the company of police officers.
When the police came with the intention to pick up Bev, they ended up in talks with the dancer and her manager, Hapaguti Mapimhidze.
Mapimhidze confirmed the scuffle, but said they had resolved the matter amicably.
“It was going to be embarrassing to our fans to read that Bev was arrested at Samba Night. We tried our best to handle the situation. Yes, she could have been put in handcuffs and charged with assault, but we managed the issue,” Mapimhidze said.
Mapimhidze said male fans should respect female dancers as professionals.
Bev and fellow pole dancer Zoey Sifelani proved their dancing prowess as they did not disappoint fans putting up top-notch performances, blending beautifully with the Samba queens in a fiesta attended by several legislators and government officials as well as Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive Karikoga Kaseke.
The predominantly male audience could be seen pushing and shoving to catch a better view of the shaking and gyrating dance routines that underlined the performances.
Comic dancer David Machowa, popularly known as Apama, also put up a sterling act before collaborating with Bev on the stage, challenging each other to prove the best “bum-shaker”.
The Samba dancers wooed the crowd with their well-choreographed dances that kept the audience on tenterhooks.