Tsokwe la Pakamwa, a poetry show which was held at Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) on Sunday, failed to attract a good audience following a clash with other events.
There was a football match between Nyasa Big Bullets and Mafco at Kamuzu Stadium and also the launch of Nzaulura DVD by Miracle Chinga at Robin’s Park. Both venues are close to BCC.
In addition, there was Evison Matafale memorial show in Chileka.
One of the organisers of Tsokwe La Pakamwa Hudson Chamasowa bemoaned the low patronage but was quick to draw positives.
“What happened today is what I call a test of vernacular poetry in Malawi. You can see that we had a number of activities in Blantyre but still more some people came for poetry,” Chamasowa said.
The show also started late after the Public Address (PA) system that was hired had a technical fault.
Initially, the show was slated to start at 1pm but it delayed with close to two hours forcing Chamasowa to plead with people as they rectified problem.
But despite the hitches, the show went on although there were also rains.
People were treated to poetry performances by, among others, Wamtali Savala Gogoda, Arthur Mongola, Raphael Sitima, Joseph Madzedze Ngozo and Nicholus Mbonela who was also the co-host alongside Chamasowa.
The other performances came from dancers GYV, Madala Choir and presidential mimickers Atcheya and Aunt Geti.
The mimickers went to town to poke fun on the frequent blackouts and economic woes facing the country.
During the event, some people appealed to poets to stitch new poems as the current stuff is old and has turned out to be boring.
“We need new poems because we are tired of listening to the same stuff over and over again,” a Ndirande-based Thomas Makusu said.
But Chamasowa said while they agree with the observation, “people should understand that it is because the shows are held more often and that it is not practical that they will always be enjoying new poems.”
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