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Fans have a tough time choosing where to go tomorrow night in Blantyre as two big shows are scheduled.

Club 24/7 along Chileka Road hosts what it dubs Stage Return concert featuring Lulu, Piksy, Kell Kay, Jay Jay Cee, Saul Chembezi and The Vibes while a few kilometres away from Pa Zinziri will host reggae group Black Missionaries.

With shows coming in quick succession and fast as artists are trying to make up on the lost time following a ban on gatherings due to Covid-19 pandemic, artists and event organisers seem to be losing the plot in terms of giving each other time.

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Some quarters have since called on artists and events organisers not to rush the situation is yet to normalise.

Club 24/7 proprietor Macdonald Soko said Wednesday they planned their show a long time ago.

Last week we had Skeffa Chimoto and Joe Gwaladi as part of the Stage Return concerts and this Friday we continue with that,” Soko said.

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He said it was unfortunate that their show was clashing with Black Missionaries’ show at Pa Zinziri.

“If Black Missionaries had put out their line-up of shows to the public in time, we could not have bothered to have our show on Friday but they had nothing on the ground that is why we went ahead putting up our show,” Soko said.

He said they had already invested on the show by putting out posters and also making other payments.

“There is nothing we can do at the moment. People will just have to choose where to go. I have been in discussions with Black Missionaries to find a solution but for now (Wednesday ) there is nothing that has come out,” Soko said.

Blacks’ lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani, whose group had performances at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe last Friday before dating Hangout Festival in Salima last Saturday admitted that having two shows on the same day within the same vicinity was not healthy for the fans.

“It’s bad that it has happened this way. Club 24/7 and Pa Zinziri is just very close and the fans attending the shows are just the same. But we already made a programme for our shows for September, October and November. For instance, from Pa Zinziri we go to Simbeko Motel in Nsanje the following day and then Modern Park in Balaka on October 23 2020,” Anjiru said.

Pa Zinziri hosts Blacks having engaged Soldier Lucius Banda and Zembani Band last Sunday.

“We have discussed the issue with Club 24/7 owner but it seems Club 24/7 thought we had cancelled our show but we did not. People have just got to choose where to go but we are not at all in competition,” he said.

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