Mlaka Maliro on Saturday delivered an excellent performance that proved his signature Mlaka ndi Mlaka and carved a lovely return at Blantyre Sports Club where he failed to pull a huge audience.
Expectations were high for Mlaka that he would attract a huge audience during the show organised in partnership with Entertainers Promotions but it was not to be as by afternoon, there were only a few people and, even after the performances started in the evening, the numbers were low.
Some quarters attributed the low turnout during the show to the entry fee whereas others spoke highly on advertising.
But despite this setback, Mlaka, as the headliner, showed the few people that came that he was good at his game and, with his beautifully woven musical script, he earned kudos.
Mlaka jumped on stage at midnight and dressed like a soldier and, backed by Rolling Sounds from Lilongwe, underlined the fact that he was in for serious business.
It was a non-stop performance for him that saw him dishing out songs from all his albums including his latest The Risen King with the track ‘ There’s No Wine’ part of the line-up. On the menu were also songs such as ‘Nkhanga Zawona’ and ‘Kamandidutsadutsa’.
What flopped during the show was the low patronage and not Mlaka’s performance. Ndirande Anglican Voices led by vocalist Dennis Kalimbe, Great Angels Choir which travelled all the way from Lilongwe, Eli Njuchi, Saul Chembezi, Nep Sounds and Khuza Rampi all impressed.
“Let me thank Entertainers Promotions for organising such a beautiful show. Special thanks to Jai Banda (Mr Entertainer). You deserve more for the support you give to artists in the country. As for the patronage, I am not worried; I have enjoyed every moment,” Mlaka, who was joined by his wife on the backing team at some moment, said.
Entertainers Promotions worked wonders by planting an attractive stage to give Mlaka a perfect return but were disappointed with the turnout, having invested huge sums in the show.
“We did everything but all the same, these things happen. We are just happy that Mlaka pulled the strings and did not disappoint; so too all the artists on the bill,” Entertainers Promotions Director Tonderai Banda said.
Tonderai said they were praying for the best at Lilongwe Golf Club this coming Saturday when Mlaka will share the stage with Soldier Lucius Banda and Billy Kaunda. Great Angels Choir has also indicated that it will perform at the concert.