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Gwamba’s launch pulls huge audience

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People carry placards of Gwamba

Hip-hop artist Gwamba, real name, Duncan Zgambo, on Saturday launched his True Independence album at Blantyre Sports Club, which attracted a massive audience.

The launch came barely a day after the artist donated K3.4 million to Pashello Charitable Trust in Chikwawa, which came from the sale of 50 CDs of the album which he dropped on the market on July 6.

Despite the launch being a success in terms of numbers and providing the much needed entertainment, there was a lapse in terms of organisation.

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Gwamba and the organising team could have done better on management as people struggled to get inside in the early periods in the afternoon especially with only one entry point created.

With the performances starting late in the afternoon and not in the morning as the schedule indicated, more fans came almost at the same time, thereby overwhelming those who were manning the entry point and, with a long queue, people jostled to get in.

Some people might have even entered free-of-charge Things only improved late in the evening.

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The poor management also manifested itself inside the venue, where there was no proper control with some people occupying the area which was meant for artists.

But despite these challenges, people enjoyed the performances on the menu with the headliner Gwamba performing late on in the evening and then leaving the stage for South African rapper Emtee, who closed the curtain and was equally versatile in his act.

Hosted by musician and presenter Blak Jak, Joy Nathu and Priscilla Kaira, some artists offered a few songs due to inadequate time and this was because the performances delayed to start.

Dominated by male acts, some artists enjoyed people’s support while others got a cold reception.

Before Gwamba, who was in a black attire with his Landlord nickname inscribed on it, took over the microphone, the audience sampled performances from, among others, Waxy Kay, King Chambieco, Tremour, Henry Czar, Driemo, who is enjoying the limelight with his romantic pieces, Fredokiss, who is a crowd puller, Piksy, who once again sparked with his track ‘Anana’ off his latest album Mtunda and Kell Kay.

Fredokiss and Piksy hailed people for coming out in large numbers to support Gwamba.

“We need to keep pushing but this is good to have such a big audience. I am thankful for the support I got; otherwise all the best to Gwamba,” Fredokiss said.

Most of the artists played with a CD, with DJs doing the job on the decks, but Gwamba used a band.

Gwamba’s entry was epic and his use of a choir in his live set was unique and strengthened his performance that also saw him collaborating with a number of artists in some of the songs including Lawi in the track ‘Akondakitale’.

The artist, who did not do more numbers from his latest album, did not skip songs from his previous albums such as “Bola Kusache” and there was even a moment when he invited Eli Njuchi, who wowed with ‘Gugugu’.

“I feel satisfied; we have done well but we can always do better. Next show should be better than this one,” the rapper said after the show, revealing that his next showdown is Dedza.

Gwamba’s 14-track album has songs such as ‘My Daily Worship’ featuring Nimx and ‘Amakukonda’, featuring Charisma.

His other albums are Jesus is My Boss and Mama Said God First.

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