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Youth party at Urban Music concert

The Urban Music concert organised by Unique Arts Entertainment on Sunday received an impressive youthful audience at Chrichi Gardens in Blantyre.

The concert was expected to start in the morning but it started way in the afternoon with several urban artists sharing the stage.

It was a show which clearly showed that urban music is popular among the youth, who partied from the word go until the end with Theo Thomson closing the chapter.

Theo, who launched his latest album The White Elephant in June this year, showed he is growing his music and that he is serious with his performances when he gave out the best backed by his dancing team of the Floor Steppers Dancing Crew.

The artist started off with Kutentha from his previous album Gypsy before dishing out Maybe Tomorrow from his latest album and by public demand he also dropped another song from his latest album before the lights were switched off as it was late.

Theo offered more than two songs as well as Blak Jak while others, who included Piksy, Diktator, Blaze, Rina, Hazel Mak and Barry One, offered a song each.

Hosted by Mr 265 with Joy the DJ on the decks, the show lived up to its billing although there were areas which need improvement among them time management.

Urban artists also need to challenge themselves to some extent by performing using live equipment as it was all an act of using CDs with the DJ doing the magic on the decks.

The artists also need to take time to practice as most of them go on stage unprepared and some of them need to do better in perfecting their vocals which were off tune.

Urban music is on the top now but some of the artists need to work on their stage management which leaves a lot to be desired while others still do not take their work seriously and in most cases do not respect their audience.

Some of the urban artists are doing well and have shown creativity in their work revisiting old songs and fusing them with the country’s traditional dances.

This was a perfect platform which gave a chance to urban artists to interact and share ideas apart from showcasing their talent on stage.

“It was a good show, we need these platforms as artists to show what we have and I should thank people for coming in large numbers,” Barry One said.

The artist, who will launch his latest album Maso Atseguka at Robins Park in Blantyre on September 10, also had time to give out tickets to the people for the launch.

One of the fans Kondwani Jere said he enjoyed the concert although he was quick to point out that some of the artists came in late and that he did not enjoy their performances fully.

“We had some top artists, who I thought would perform more songs but with time they only performed one song each. It all trickles down to time. The organisers were supposed to start the show in time but it was a good event,” Jere said.

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