I have never been a fun of new wave music; well outa ignorance I actually am a huge fan I just didnt know it. Allow me to reintroduce myself beyond my new wave bias, hi, am Maxwell ‘Mayja’ Moono, a blogger (obviously), photographer (I mean why not take your own pictures when you go for a fire event) and Media Personality (well, am a radio presenter, DJ, Artist, producer and a whole lot of other yada yadas that can fill up 3 pages so lets just say am a Media Entrepreneur yeah? awesome).
Now that you know why I can talk about this, lets get right to it;
ZedArts; a Zambia based record label (is it really a record label or music studio? we should ask the CEO properly) did something that has never been done in the history of Zambian music, they gave us an all new school event with most happening new wave artists and a female headliner. Among the acts included Musa tha Creator, Bek Zela, Kunkeyani the Jedi and of course the Princess herself Natasha Chansa.
Lets rate the event based on the following; time management, turn out from people, stage management, supporting performances and main act all from a scale of 1-5
The event was scheduled to start at 18:00hrs, unfortunately it was starting past 19:00hrs; technically speaking thats too early for Zambian time which means they were an hour early with the timing.
Turnout from people
The turn out was beautiful, people really came out in numbers and seeing that this was a first official event; bravo.
Ummmm so because I went there on time, left an hour later then came back the next hour, I only saw the MC twice on stage and am sorry he could have done better. He was highly underdressed, didnt hear any joke and was playing ninja (kept on disappearing). I honestly think Bwalia should have MCed this event herself.
The 2 and a half acts I saw perform really brought their A game; Jedi brought out a DJ and an Extra drummer to make playback sound more live, Bek Zela also brought his bars and articulate flow right before Natasha Chansa’s set. Though Jedis hype would have been more impactful right before the main set.
First of all Natasha Chansa is an amazing singer she can literally calm storms with her voice; we all cant wait for your next single mwana wamfumu. Her outfit was on point, her band also did wonders and her mic handling obviously got the sound engineer to fall in love already (Artists I hope you were humble enough to take notes), then she just decided to; 1. Not use the stage (Natasha is short), stepping off stage doesn’t help those with a similar height. 2. Facing one side of the audience; the temptations are always high to want to perform at the side giving you the needed hype, but remember the whole crowd is yours, already they all hate sharing you and giving one side your back is just. . . .no. . . Don’t do it. 3. Didn’t give needed shout outs; maybe am being tough on her but should have thanked her friends and family for coming through, mention particular artists for showing up and alike. This shows that you are grateful and appreciative.
Overall Rating: 3
* Would definitely attend another ZedArts event and definitely bring a friend.
Beyond all the above ratings, I had an amazing time and A huge shout out for that history in the making moment you gave us. Les do this again soon. . .
*All images courtesy of Coolville Media*
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are honest opinions based on proffessional advice. Do not take them lightly.
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