Crowds gathered in their numbers in anticipation to what can be referred as an “exclusive freebie”. The idea of two musical greats from Bulawayo and Harare rocking the crowds seemed irresistible when news hit the Chibuku Neshamwari crowd that Winky D and Madlela would be the main acts performing at the shut down of the traditional dance competition.
Just when we thought the Bulawayo award scooping artist was going to send the crowd into a total frenzy, he, however, did the opposite and left his fans disappointed by the performance he managed to squeeze out of himself.
The artist was stuck in one corner and did not have any stage presence whatsoever. For the one and a half hours he performed, Madlela was glued to the left corner of the stage (which was his right corner) and sluggishly sang from there. His dancers did most of the work whilst he sang from his corner like a naughty child given time out from playing with other kids.
The crowd was not moved by most of his songs; of which some were new to the aural appeal of the audience. Not that it was in bad taste but he sang the songs throughout and for a lengthy period without sampling how the crowd reacted. Listening to the performance was like riding a one-way roller coaster; it had its downs… and more downs.
The biggest blunder Dlam’dlam did was coming after Winky D’s top gear performance. Madlela’s energy could not match the bar set by the “Ninja President” and hence things spiralled downwards from there. “The “Ngamnank’usamaMoe” hit maker refused to perform before Winky D since the former was in his home city.
In the words of the event’s Master of Ceremony, “Madlela as the home boy could not curtain raise for a visitor”. As usual, the “Gafa” gave a top stellar performance for two hours non-stop and left the crowd still chanting his name and asking for more.
The Chibuku Neshamwari’s attending crowd conspiracy blamed Madlela’s lack of vibrancy on the fact that he had spent the entire day at the “I decide” gala which was held at Sekusile shopping centre in Nkulumane and could have been drained from the event.
If that is so, we wonder why he did not think of saving a bit of energy for his fans at White City. That could have excused his performance from becoming more like a funeral wake than anything fit to describe it.