Lulu Monday apologised to people for the teargas which was fired in the wee hours of Monday during the launch of his album One More Time at Lilongwe Golf Club.
The incident happened as the audience waited for Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz’s performance which had halted temporarily on two occasions due to technical glitches.
People had to run for safety and within the course, some lost their items such as cellphones while others got hurt.
“I enjoyed and loved the beginning and everything was going according to plan only for teargas to disrupt the show. I am disappointed really because I invested a lot into this launch and the spotlight was on the outcome. So, I am sorry for the teargas,” the singer and guitarist, who hailed various partners for the support, said.
Despite offering a short performance not fit for a headliner on the night, Lulu whose sparkling entry featured among others Amahoro Drummers from Dzaleka Refugee Camp and Temwah indicated that he was supposed to come back and collaborate with Diamond Platnumz and Zambia’s JK.
“There was a surprise set with Diamond and JK. Unfortunately with the teargas, things never worked out. This would have been something special to the audience but I have lost out. For now, I am just looking forward to the two songs I have done with Diamond,” he said.
After the teargas much of the audience did not comeback.
One of the masters of ceremonies came on stage to apologise to the audience and indicated that the police had fired teargas following a brawl with some of the fans, who had gotten into the venue without paying.
Diamond, who earlier on told the audience that it was his first time to perform in Lilongwe waited but later left the venue. The artist left Monday for Tanzania.
But despite the teargas setback, the sizeable audience that remained, still had time to enjoy performances from Temwa and later Anthony Makondetsa and Black Missionaries.
Several artists performed at the launch and they included Soldier Lucius Banda and his son Mr Zembani, Sam Smack, Nepman, Piksy, Gwamba, Blaze and Anne Matumbi, who was also the host alongside Blak Jak and others.
The auction for the album hosted by musicians Symon Kamlaka and Kendall Kamwendo fetched huge sums with Epic Lounge landlord Yollam Kawanga, parting with K5 million as the highest bidder.
Meanwhile, Lulu has called on people to support him by buying the original copy of the album adding that next up is another launch in Blantyre next month.
In another development Lilongwe Police Station on Sunday arrested 35-year old Edward Chiweta for allegedly stealing a vehicle at the launch.
Spokesperson for Lilongwe Police Hastings Chigalu confirmed the arrest of Chiweta, who comes from Fukamapiri Village, Traditional Authority Fukamapiri in Nkhata Bay.
Chigalu said Chiweta has been charged with the offence of theft of motor vehicle and will appear in court soon.