Artistes must be time-conscious

HARARE - Two Harare Gardens concerts advertised under the banner of family shows started well into the night.

Family shows are meant to give women and children a rare opportunity to see their favourite musicians such as Alick Macheso and Suluman Chimbetu performing during the day.

Basing on that assumption, scores of unassuming families thronged the venue on Sunday afternoon to witness the Dr Nero commemorations where top artistes were lined up to perform.

The artistes did perform hours later, way after the advertised time, making the event a night gig.

The occasion kicked off around sunset when a substantial number of children were dejected, while some people had already gone home.

Indeed, most people left the venue without witnessing what they had come for.

Artistes who performed at the event include Charles and Olivia Charamba, Macheso, Saviours Mawere, Freddy Manjalima aka Kapfupi, Progress Chipfumo and the Chimbetu siblings including Suluman and Tryson, among others.

The event, expected to start at 1400 hours, failed to serve the purpose of bringing an entertainment package to the families as it catered for night fans.

Macheso came on stage around 2300 hours and the venue was almost empty.

As if that was not enough, the previous day another family event at the same venue started well into the night.

On Saturday, rising dancehall stars Soul Jah Love and Bounty Lisa engaged but the event was promoted as starting at 1200 hours, only to start 10 hours later.

Most of the young ones who had paid to witness the engagement party during the day, left the venue before the event started anxious to get back home early.

Promoter Biggie Chinoperekwei told the Daily News that the delay was caused by artistes who were not ready.

“The problem we are having with our artistes is that they come to shows late most of the time,” the award-winning promoter said.

Critics say the late start to family shows was killing the interest to attend future family shows.

These sad events moved sound up a death knell for the entire arts industry.

Perhaps it is time to pluck a leaf from Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) and Book Cafe, two concerts where time consciousness is enforced.

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