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No show for Lulu at Sunset Casa gig

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Musician and producer Lulu on Sunday failed to perform at Sunset Casa in Blantyre due to monetary issues in a gig that received a not so impressive audience.

The show had gathered momentum after the performances of reggae ambassador Charles Sinetre and Mlaka Maliro until the wee hours of Monday when host Raymond Sekeni popularly known as Fraternal called Lulu to the stage only for him not to show up.

The development angered some fans, who charged at organisers for ‘lying’ to them about Lulu’s performance with others demanding refunds.

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It took the efforts of Sekeni to convince the fans that the ‘N’zalera’ architect would eventually perform despite the delay, only for the artist not to show up.

Apparently, the musician, who the previous day performed in Liwonde, Machinga, was outside the venue but remained in the vehicle.

Sekeni and Sunset Casa proprietors had to engage the artist into discussions outside the venue but things never worked out as Lulu never showed up thereby disappointing fans with some walking out immediately.

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Lulu said that the organisers were playing hide and seek hence not performing.

“They were supposed to pay us upon arrival. Actually, I came in good time but we were being taken for granted,” Lulu said.

He apologised for no show to the fans but indicated that he had no choice but not perform.

“We have performed in several shows for free and we could have done the same with this one if we had known in good time,” Lulu said.

But Sunset Casa proprietor Agnes Mtimaukanena said they were not to blame as they made the payment.

“The problem is not ours. On our side we already paid a deposit and we have proof of our payment. We tried to engage him but things never worked,” Mtimaukanena said.

Although people went home disappointed, the fans still enjoyed the performances of Nep Sounds which offered covers before Sinetre took over and dished out songs such as ‘Saulo’ and ‘Malawi Googler’.

However, it was Mlaka, who lifted the audience and backed by a team that included his wife Benerdetta, son and daughter served a number of songs including ‘Nkhanga Zawona’, ‘Dzanja Lalemba’, ‘Amayi’ and the latest ‘There’s No Wine’ (Vinyo Watha).

“I am happy with the support I have been given. There is more to come and people should watch the space for a new song I did with Piksy which will drop very soon,” Mlaka said.

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