Organisers spoil Virgo concert

HARARE - Jamaican reggae star Romain Virgo saved the day following poor organisation by promoters of the Black Opal Face of Zimbabwe (Bofoz) 2016 concert that took place at the Glamis Arena in Harare last Saturday.

Chipaz Promotions and Black Opal put together an amorphous concert that left a lot of patrons disappointed on a night they had gone out to have fun.

By the time the main act Virgo came on stage around 2:30am Sunday morning, many people had left the venue.

Virgo, whose catalogue is filled with reggae love songs and cover versions, draws his fan base from a wider demographic; not the ordinary crowd that frequents every stage show that is held.

The Love Doctor is one act that most people would take their families and loved ones to see as his act does not feature profanities and vulgar lyrics.

It was the case on Saturday night, as there were families, couples and young adolescents in the crowd since the concert was preceded by a beauty pageant.

The two promoting organisations should have come up with an appropriate schedule which would have seen their main act going on stage much earlier probably between 10 and 11pm.

To make matters worse, the concert’s MCs Etherton Beenie and Templeman did not announce to the revellers the time Virgo would perform every time they came on stage.

Imagine how frustrating it was for someone who had entered the venue around 7 or 8pm to wait until the wee hours of the morning to see the main act.

With temperatures dropping with each passing minute and the supporting acts failing to raise the tempo, many fans began to leave the venue prematurely.

Of all the supporting acts, Seh Calaz’s set was the most disappointing performance of the night.

The Zimdancehall star tried to fit his entire catalogue of songs into the 30-minute segment.

Calaz should understand that it pays more to pay more emphasis on quality rather than quantity. 

The Madhudhucha singer and most Zimdancehall artistes seem to lack the necessary stage craft to become greats in the business.

Although the likes of Calaz, Soul Jah Love and Killer T might have hot songs in the streets and on rotation on the radio stations, they still have a long way to go before they can match Winky D when it comes to stage craft.

The gulf in class was very clear when Virgo finally arrived on stage to a huge applause.

It was indeed worth the wait for the patrons who had stayed behind and endured long hours.

Virgo began his set by dropping his hit We No Worry Bout Them — a collaboration with dancehall star Konshens.

It was the perfect song to rouse the drowsy crowd which had endured a long wait for him to appear on stage.

From there on, Virgo kept the right tempo by digging deep into his catalogue with songs like Wanna Go Home, Beautiful, Dema Coward, Stay With Me, Food Fi Di Plate, Everlasting Love, Mi Caan Sleep, Love Doctor, Who feels it Knows and Stick By You.

Virgo and his The Unit Band were perfectly synchronised throughout their two-hour performance as they never put a foot wrong.

The 26-year-old, who has been tipped to take over the mantle from reggae legend Beres Hammond, went on to close his performance with the two hit songs System and Soul Provider.    

As he left the stage so did hundreds of revellers as it was almost 4am.

This was another indictment on the promoters as most fans left the venue without seeing Jah Prayzah’s performance owing to the poor scheduling.

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