Toya Delazy show flops

HARARE - It was a night of disaster for Sound Events Management following a monumental flop in the Toya Delazy concert which took place at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) on Friday night.

So poor was the attendance that organisers had to make everyone sit in the lower auditorium.

There were so many open spaces even in the lower auditorium and the upper auditorium was literally empty in a show of an embarrassingly low turn-out.

The acts, however, seemed not to be bothered as they put on energetic performances.

The main act — Delazy — did not disappoint but started playing just after midnight. She had initially been scheduled to play at 10pm, but due to the low attendance she did her sound check around 7pm, the time when the first act was supposed to start.

By the time she took to the stage, some people had already started walking out of the venue, leaving her with even fewer people to entertain.

The South African royal princess put on a good performance, showing that she is a world-class act.

Unconfirmed reports say she had her laptop and cellphone stolen backstage.

One surprisingly good act was from Sharky, a rapper from Chitungwiza. He performed songs from his debut album, Soko Matemai, much to the amusement of the crowd.

What makes Sharky’s performance interesting is that he uses shakers (hosho), which is unusual for a hip-hop musician. Sharky’s performance left the people in attendance asking for more.

Then came the ever-energetic Ammara Brown. Ammara’s performance also left the audience clamouring for more. Dressed in an African print jumpsuit, the pint-sized musician put her all in song and dance. Upcoming musician Tamy also gave her all. The singer has talent, which needs to be explored more and more.

Delazy, the granddaughter of veteran South African politician Mongosuthu Buthelezi, is currently doing well on the charts with her newly-released Nu High music video which was shot in South Africa.

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