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Is it Big Five or festival?

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They are calling it The Big Five featuring the main acts of award winners Faith Mussa and Miracle Chinga Moffat, King James Phiri, Favoured Martha and Lloyd Phiri.

The venue is on Sunday at Robin’s Park in Blantyre.

However, the organisers have also included a long list of several other artists which include Marvellous Deeds, Khama Khwiliro, Eliza Mponya, Phalyce Mang’anda, Andy Seko, Peter Mlangeni, Norman Phiri and Stevie Muliya.

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It has now become a trend for event organisers or artists to come up with shows which feature a long list of artists with the main headliners playing only a few songs.

Some quarters while appreciating the good initiative of The Big Five, wondered as to why the organisers included a long list.

“For me, the concept of The Big Five was very good. They could actually have just settled for The Big Five and maybe include two or three as curtainraisers. But adding a long list dilutes the concept,” said the artist, who did not want to be named.

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The musician said this is becoming a habit, especially with gospel musicians where they put a long list with the main acts performing only two to three songs.

“This actually is encouraging laziness among artists. We need to give the audience the best and we need to run away from quantity but rather concentrate on quality,” he said.

The organisers last week on social media admitted to have made a mistake but assured the audience that The Big Five would be given enough time to perform more songs.

The organisers also indicated that they had put a long list because they were giving up-and-coming artists a platform.

But the long list also includes artists who are not new comers.

Faith Mussa, who has been holding one-man shows where he plays several instruments, was also against the idea of loading the show.

He, however, said he was only an artist performing and that he would offer his best during the concert.

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