Gospel shows usually attract good patronage, perhaps because most of them are done in the afternoon.
Average Malawians, including those cannot afford to hire a private car or do not own one, do not hesitate to patronise such shows since public transport is always available after the shows, which mostly end before 7: 00 pm.
For instance, a gospel show duped Favoured Celebration which took place at Robins Park in Blantyre on Sunday saw people with or without private cars attending it in droves.
The hall was fully packed, to the extent that people would sweat even when not on the dance floor.
At Robins’ Park car park, commuter minibuses from different Blantyre townships were already outside waiting for people to board after the show. Very few people left early since the show came to an end by 6: 30 pm. And the fact that the gate fee was K1, 500 only meant that an average Malawian could manage after sourcing funds the whole week.
The opposite of an afternoon show was Faith Mussa’s show on Saturday.
The show was fairly patronised considering the time it started—7:00 pm. Most people that attended the show either had private cars or hired a taxi. During the night, tax drivers usually charge a leg, which increases the ampunt of money spent, depending on which township one is from.
The average amount is usually K5, 000—an amount very few can manage considering that about 70 percent of the total population are living on less than a dollar a day.
And the fact that the gate fee for the show was K4, 000 per head meant that a patron should have about K10, 000 to be able to attend.
Soon after the show, most people left in their private cars as well as taxis since, by the time the show came to an end, no public transport was around.
This, to some extent, explained the number of people who patronised the two shows.
The evening show disadvantaged some of the people who would have gone to the show had it been it were in the afternoon, whereas the afternoon show gave all people an opportunity to dance and make merry on Christmas.
In both cases, though, the patronage was good.
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