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Bad experience for Paul in Mulanje, Blantyre concerts

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Paul Banda, Thomas Chibade, Kaka and DNA among others were given massive support at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall in Blantyre on Friday.

But their perfect start of their tour in the Southern Region ended on a sour note in their two other shows at Small Ville in Mulanje on Saturday and Premier Lodge in Blantyre on Sunday.

In fact their show at Premier Lodge in Blantyre nearly failed to take place.

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Paul, who sparked during the Mibawa show where fans forced him to perform the song ‘Malilime’ three times, did not hide his disappointment with the dis-organisation of the two other shows.

“It was a bad experience, as I said, last time DNA was the one in front of the organisation but he failed to arrange equipment for the show in Mulanje where fans went home disappointed,” he said.

Paul said they were given a rude awakening in Mulanje when they found out that there was no equipment.

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“What happened is that the equipment that DNA arranged with some people did not come in time. People came but there was no equipment. It was a bad experience for us. After several attempts the equipment came late and we performed after a lot of people had left,” he said.

It was the same at Premier Lodge, Chileka where there was no equipment disappointing fans.

“The equipment came very late. People were disappointed and we had to apologise to them. I have never experienced such a situation in my career where artists show up and there is no equipment. It was total disorganisation,” Paul said.

Anthu Ambiri Band Director Zachariah Jezzman also confirmed, yesterday, the disorganisation in the two other concerts.

There were reports that the two shows had failed to take place but Jezzman said all the three shows took place, with the Mibawa outing being the best while the other two started very late.

“It appears organisation of the shows which was in the hands of DNA was too much. But this was his first time to do this, so we will regroup as a band to discuss ahead of our shows in the central region and we have several shows coming up,” he said.

Jezzman apologised to fans in Mulanje for the poor show and those at Premier Lodge.

“It was the worst ever outing we have had. It is true we failed to organise equipment in time for the two shows. The equipment came late and the shows happened late,” he said.

DNA was not readily available for his comment yesterday.

The owners of Premier Lodge said they were disappointed with the development saying the artists were there but the equipment failed to come in time and that the performances only took place after 1am.

Chibade performed at Moneymen in Blantyre on the night after signs at Premier Lodge showed that the show would not take place.

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