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Mzuzu gospel show flops

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Gospel music fans in Mzuzu were on Sunday given a raw deal from organisers of a gospel music show aimed at launching Gaba Entertainment Company which saw poor performances from most of the artists due to poor sound quality.

The show which started three hours late of the scheduled time again suffered low patronage which some commentators attributed to lack of publicity of the event.

Held at the Mzuzu Boma Park, the music show had few artists on the slate with Ethel Kamwendo Banda who had headlined the promos prior to the show missing on the list.

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“I think the organisers were not serious, they did not put much effort to ensure success of the show. As you have witnessed the sound was very poor, the instruments were not well balanced needless to mention that we had no time to rehearse with the band so it was really hard,” said one of the artists King James Phiri.

Phiri alongside Allan Chirwa were the only renowned artists who made it.

The gospel singer further cautioned that music will remain undeveloped in the Northern Region unless promoters and organisers get serious with how they manage their events.

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Despite the technical hitches, Phiri famed for the hit ‘Mukumane Ndi Moyo Wanga,’ managed to stage an epic performance which kept the few patrons to the show on their feet.

Chirwa also known as the worshipper among his fanatics did not miss words when he stopped to comment on the show midway his performance.

Chirwa who struggled to perform throughout his stage time due to lack of harmony between the instruments and vocalists among other problems admitted that the show was a flop.

“I must apologise on behalf of the organisers to all of you who spared your time to come for the show because we have failed to give you what is worthy of your money and precious time.”

“You might have seen that the sound was not good otherwise you know us better, we do give out the best whenever we get to stage,” said Chirwa in an address to the frustrated fans.

But one of the organisers who is also a partner in the Gaba Entertainment Company Simeon Banda said being rookies in the industry they were not shocked by the mishaps of the show and that it provided a number of lessons for them to improve in the future.

“We are not impressed with what has turned out to be of the show however, it provided us with a number of lessons for instance in terms of how we should handle artists’ payments and all,” said Banda.

He further revealed that they had already paid Kamwendo Banda K50, 000 in part payment for her appearance and yet she failed to make it as she was set for another performance in Lilongwe on the same day.

But Director of Ceremony Kelvin Sato announced at the end of the show that Banda [Ethel] had communicated that she did not make it because she has another performance on November 29, at the same venue and thus saw no reason of featuring at one place twice in a month.

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