BY SINDISO DUBE BULAWAYO-BASED promoter Mduduzi Mdlongwa has defended foreign musicians’ suspicious 30 minute acts.
At his recent show, South African vocalist Nkosazana Daughter put up less than 30 minutes when she performed at the BAC on Monday night.
Famed for his hit track Adiwele, Young Stunna also performed for 30 minutes in Bulawayo, in a show organised by Mdlongwa’s 3D events Management Company. Boohle of Siyathandana hit song also performed for less than 30 minutes and left fans disappointed and asking for more or a refund of their hard earned cash.
“As promoters when you book for an artist you are given an invoice attached to a performance contract from the artist’s management and stable. That contract stipulates how long the artist will perform.
“What we get from the artist’s management or stable is what we pay for, we pay for what is on the contract and there is nothing that we can do about it. Usually artists perform for 30 minutes and wheel spinners do an hour sets and if ever they extend it’s up to the artists and how they are feeling on stage. Young Stunna also performed for 30 minutes because that’s what his contract stipulates and that’s what we had paid for,” said Mdlongwa.
Mdlongwa added that they add supporting acts in a bid to add a vibe to the performances.
“The fact that these artists perform for less periods of time that’s why we try to create an extra vibe for the patrons by adding a number of supporting acts. We want to create a vibe that will balance the main act and add fun at the gigs,” he said.
On the night Nkosazana Daughter was supported by local artists Asaph, Boy Nino, Khumz, Mzoe 7, Skaiva and 3D family deejays. The show’s general ticket was pegged at US$10 and those in the VIP circle paid US$50.
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