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Theo Thomson makes own history

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Blantyre-based artist Theo Thomson became frustrated at some point when after all the efforts he put in his previous album received no support let alone the much needed attention.

The artist then nearly called it quits and thought he was being overlooked before he took a prolonged break.

He then came to announce that he was coming back into the fold with a new album White Elephant which he finally launched at Robins Park in Blantyre on Sunday.

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The artist made his own history on Sunday when his launch pulled an oversize audience that Robins Park failed to swallow and had to vomit some of them.

The 2,000 plus capacity hall failed to hold the youthful audience that partied all day enjoying different urban vibes from different artists which included Sangie, Bucci, Daredevils, Tay Grin and the bride of the party Theo.

It was hot in the hall in the absence of air conditioners as people got drenched in sweat.

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Artists have held launches and different shows at the venue with power packed line-ups but many have failed to fill Robins Park to its capacity.

Some of the notable artists who have managed to attract massive audiences at Robins Park include Favoured Martha, Great Angels Choir and Kamuzu Barracks Gospel Singers.

As late as 4pm when the performances were in progress, so many people were outside with others still trying to force their way in but could not as the doors to the main entrance were closed.

And while those outside were gnashing their teeth and beating their chest for failing to get in, those inside smiled as they enjoyed the show throughout.

Theo the main man was the one who performed the last and his entry was spectacular as people were taking through his journey to the White Elephant on a big screen before the audience was taken through a recount up to zero.

Then Theo’s dancing team made up of a good number of members from Floor Steppers stormed the stage and went about dancing before Theo joined them.

The artist was energetic on stage; he sang and danced with his team although there were moments when his voice in some instances could not be heard clearly.

Featuring a set of Jabby on keyboard, Yesaya on drums and Backpack on a DJ set, Theo dished out songs from his White Elephant, some of which were new to the audience.

The people cheered when it mattered but mostly kept quiet as Theo performed. They took time to appreciate the skills of the dancers with Theo joining in dancing.

Fans started dancing when Theo dished out some of the songs from his previous albums including Kutentha, which had everyone singing along as well as Gypsy.

The artist served the best for last when he performed one of the popular songs doing well from his new album Maybe Tomorrow which he featured gospel musician Faith Mussa.

This is the romantic song with a traditional element which sees Faith standing out with his acoustic guitar while Theo shows his energy on vocals.

This is a song which has an African touch and using his creativity, apart from his dancers, he brought in dancers from one of the dance troupes.

The members of the dance troupe did well putting the icing on the cake to the song as they danced with energy showcasing the richness of the country’s traditional dances with one of the members stunning the audience as he ate and played with fire.

“I am just speechless with the people who came but this just clearly shows that people are there to support talent and as an urban artist I have just shown that,” he said.

Theo said this was the beginning of more things to come and that he was looking into holding launches in other areas.

The soft spoken artist said he has gone all across the board with White Elephant and that the 15-track collection has mature songs that tackle various issues affecting the society.

There was an auction at the end of the show hosted by Times Television presenter Mr 265 which saw musician Patience Namadingo buying the CD at K300,000 while Tadikira of the Mutharika family also got it at K300,000.

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