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Artists cry foul at summer splash

Some local artists on Saturday took a swipe at the organisers of the Nkopola Summer Splash—Smooth Touch Productions for failing them during the show.

The artists while commending the organisers for putting up such an event which offered them a bigger platform to reach out to more people, they said they were not satisfied with the organisation.

“I have been let down big time, I was supposed to perform with a live band as agreed in the first place only for things to change later when we were told that we should perform with a CD,” Saint said.

The youthful artist, who is slowly expanding his base, ended up only performing one song and this came in between Piksy’s performance.

“It was just a compromise that myself and my colleagues performed later on but we had agreed not to do so because we were told to perform with a CD after we had been promised we will offer a live act with a band,” he said.

He said at the end of the day they did not manage to satisfy the audience having been placed among the headliners.

Blaze who has soared with the hit Mwini Zinthu which he did with Ril B also said he was disappointed with the organisers.

“As artists we deserve respect. We commend the organisers for this event but let them be organised. Such events need thorough preparations,” he said.

Blaze also performed only one song upon the invitation of Piksy but his act lacked the killer punch likewise Mwanache, who also performed upon the invitation of Piksy.

Bucci also performed one song upon the invitation of Piksy while other artists such as Mafo did not perform on the night.

Smooth Touch Production Director Godfrey Kachimanga admitted they had a problem with the band as regards payment.

“We actually agreed with the band in the first place that they would back other artists but they changed the tune later on. We apologise for that but again we have learnt lessons in that we need to sign contracts on such issues,” Kachimanga said.

He said they were happy with the way the event went although he was quick to say that they have more room for improvement.

“We just want to thank the corporate world for coming out to support, Sunbird Nkopola and Airtel Malawi among others,” Kachimanga said.

The two-day event was expected to start in the morning on Saturday and go all the way to yesterday but it started late bringing in the same old story of time management which continues to disappoint people.

Kachimanga said they started late but were all set to start in time but some artists lacked discipline.

On Saturday, the audience also had time to sample the performances of among others Zambia’s B1 real name Bruce Simbwalanga famed for hits such as Sikileti Kubedi and Chishala.

The Zambian artist, who left yesterday performed live backed by Active X Band but although the audience sang along to some of his well known songs, B1’s performance lacked the energy and one could notice that B1 and the band did not have enough rehearsals.

B1 took over the stage from Tanzania’s Linah Sanga, who impressed with her dancing antics and at one point she invited to the stage a fan, who she danced with but she was not tight summarising all her performance which was half live and half CD.

There was only one main stage for the performances and the stage looked attractive.

Reggae group Black Missionaries was the one which took over from Piksy and performed until the early hours of Sunday.

After the Blacks performance, people were treated to different songs offered by a DJ but things could not go further when heavy winds blew up.

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