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Blantyre gives Senzo cold shoulder in second gig

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South African reggae musician Senzo Mthethwa suffered a setback on his second concert in Blantyre on a cold Sunday when he performed in front of a handful patrons.

The artist who is on a countrywide tour arrived in the country last month and is currently engaged in additional concerts having finalised the first line-up that took him to as far as Planet Club in Karonga District.

Senzo performed at Club 24/7 in Blantyre on June 12 where he attracted an impressive audience having shared the stage with Chileka reggae group Black Missionaries.

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But his second show at Pa Zinziri just a few kilometres from Club 24/7 failed to pull a huge audience.

By 10pm, Pa Zinziri had less than 50 people with Senzo yet to perform.

Organisers tried to buy time to accommodate more people but it did not work out and by midnight when Senzo took to the stage, the situation was still the same.

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Before Senzo jumped on stage, Sean Taferakaso of Alleluya Band warmed up the stage but his performance ended abruptly after equipment developed a fault.

It took some time to rectify the problem and this forced some people to start calling for their entry fee back.

But later things turned to normal as Senzo, backed by Alleluya Band including Coss Chiwalo on guitar and backing vocals and Paul Subiri on percussions, offered his songs.

Senzo greeted the audience in Chichewa before apologising to them for the delay due to a technical glitch.

He then delivered a non-stop performance in which he dished out over 10 songs including ‘Rasta Wake Up’, ‘Irene’, ‘Thank You My Lord’, ‘ Me and My Guitar’, ‘Ngoxolele’, and ‘Sweet Love’.

Senzo finished his performance in the early hours of yesterday.

On his holding another show in Blantyre, Senzo said, having been treated well last time, he thought of coming back.

“I have had several shows and I would like to thank people for the support. It is unfortunate we didn’t manage to get the numbers tonight but, despite poor turnout, people enjoyed,” he said.

Senzo said his primary aim in holding all these shows is to dismiss ugly rumours that have been flying around that he was ‘dead’.

Earlier, people sampled performances from Chiwalo, Mighty Ivory Band, veteran Giddes Chalamanda who entertained with a mash-up in which he collaborated with Patience Namadingo and the track ‘Mkazi ndi Mawaya’.

There was also a surprise package of the night when Chiwalo introduced veteran musician Enot Spear Mbandambanda of the ‘Kuchimwa Kulibe Mwini’ fame.

Senzo, who is in the country courtesy of Thomson Madulira of Thomson Investments, was yesterday performing at Simbeko Lodge in Nsanje and today will star at Edgar’s Lodge in Mulanje.

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