The same old story of time management during shows came on to haunt Barry Uno’s launch of his Maso Atseguka album as the show started late despite going all the way to the night.
Barry Uno as the main headliner was supposed to party with the people for a long time to celebrate music from his fourth album but it was not the case as he came in late whilst some of the people had already started leaving.
He jumped on stage around to 7pm during the launch which despite a rich lineup failed to pull a massive audience.
The artist real name Barry Mkorongo inherited the stage soon after the audience had been treated to Tay Grin’s act.
Barry Uno did not perform for a long time but managed to offer a package that included Size Ya Bo and Wandichotsa in which he featured Nepman but the hoarse voiced artist was not present.
His performance still lacked that much needed energy and spark that one would have attached to as that of a headliner.
Whilst most of the curtainraisers performed using a CD with the DJ doing the magic on the decks, Barry Uno beefed up his act with some instrumentation.
The artist had Yesaya on drums, Jabby on keyboard and Backpack on a DJ set.
He bowed out of the stage around past 7pm thanking the audience for the support.
“I wanted this show to be historical and we have made that history. I would like to thank people for the support they gave me today. Of course I came in late but everything went well and I am happy,” Barry Uno said.
Maso Atseguka was recorded at Pro Pee Records in Blantyre.
Barry Uno’s previous albums include Tionana, Legendary and Footprints.
Powered by K-Dub Entertainment which is managing Barry Uno, there was no auctioning of CDs as is normally done by other artists during launches.
Back to the delay, the poster for the launch had indicated that the show would start at 11am but the performances only started around past 3am with one of the hosts on the day Blak Jak apologising for the prolonged delay.
With so many events happening in Blantyre on the day including the Carlsberg Cup final between Nomads and Silver Strikers at Kamuzu Stadium, a few metres from Robins Park, not many people were in the hall when the show was starting but the situation improved late on.
At some point there were more people outside as others could not fancy paying K2,000 on entry and the organisers had to slash the fee to K1,000 late on.
There was lack of discipline from some artists, who came in late forcing the host to start calling them to come to the backstage to start the show.
The organisers also had no clear programme for the launch which started with some of the artists, who only registered at the venue and were not part of the lineup.
There was also a performance by Postnegative of the Undibelekele Mwana fame whose hit attracted people to the dance floor.
Gwamba, who turned born again, also performed and as usual showed his energy and on his lineup did not skip the song Better.
Many of the performances lacked energy except a few that came from among others Gwamba and Fredokiss.
“In the first place they delayed the show, organisers need to learn to keep time and this is actually a disease with many events so because organisers do not want to keep time, people also have got used to coming late,” said Eluphy Ndalama.
She said she would have loved to see more of Barry Uno as the main man but he came late.
“Again it was as if this was the launch of K-Dub Entertainment and not Barry Uno’s album. The entry fee was also too much for the youth that is why many were outside,” Ndalama said.
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