Finally 2017 is here, things might be a little bit slow for now as companies are re-opening after closing for the Christmas holiday. As we have all made resolutions and planned on things we want to see in 2017.
As a creative what will you bring different to the sector? As an event organizer how will your 2017 event different to the one you held last year? Let’s stop threatening each other with war of words and build our creative empires.
Since you made resolutions we hope our creative consumers will enjoy every show that will be tabled to them and will have less of complaints and all the social media drama.
Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s creative capital although 2016 wasn’t the best for most artistes in the city. Lack of funding lack of proper planning and a host of things saw the creative sector going on a down ward form.
As we all plan about the New Year, I have 4 things I wish to see.
1.Musicians Are Not Ticket Vendors
Musicians should stop being ticket vendor for a while I have been a self-styled advocate against the idea of seeing artiste selling tickets prior to events. How many things should they do?
It hurts me to see talented musicians going around with a bunch of tickets. Its high time event and festival organisers found better ways of selling tickets. I always imagine how it will be to see Oskido or Oliver Mtukudzi going around selling tickets.
In 2017 let’s start celebrating our talents let them work on their show appearances and stop giving them vending tenders. Its high time we invested in marketing personalities who can find better ways of selling and advertising for shows.
In Twenti Sebentini let’s have deals with supermarkets and fast foods chains and have them sell our tickets. In a nut shell the business of having artiste as VENDORS should end. It won’t be bad idea to have a ticketing company that can be selling tickets on our behalf and let our talented artiste work on their sets.
With us letting them continue selling tickets we will be ashamed as one day some may decide to pull a bad show and blame that they spent much time selling tickets than on rehearsal.
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2. Up Your Game : Intwasa and Ibumba Festival should be great again
In 2016 the two festivals never lived up to expectations so many things were done wrong, some of our art consumers were not well respected by the organisers in some of the shows that were held in Bulawayo.
In some of the events you could have wondered if all the things were planned for or were done on the 11th hour for the sake of doing them. It was even heart breaking to see some of the events during Ibumba starting late. Just imagine how some events that were supposed to start at 6 pm will start two if not three hours later, during Ibumba it was a daily dosage.
In 2017 let’s make such events great again. Ibumba and Intwasa were once vibrant top drawer festivals. We were all proud to be associated with them. I still believe things will be back to normal one day. I hope the organisers could be more open to more collaborations and ideas from some talented individuals in the city.
3. Local and International collaborations
It is my wish that this year we have our artiste from Bulawayo making collaborations that will turn to hit songs come December.
Just like how Jah Prayzer made a tantalizing affair with Diamond Platinum of Tanzania. It will be interesting to have a collaboration that will turn to a banger locally and internationally. Mzoe 7 and Babes Wodumo the energy the two artistes have can actually turn the entire Southern Africa into dance.
It will be good to see Oliver Mtukudzi doing collaboration with Jeys Marabini. It’s high time the two well celebrated Musicians worked together.I even wish for a Magwaza and Macheso collaboration.
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4.World Class Events : Insingizi, Nobuntu and Mokoomba Live in Bulawayo
3 top globe-trotting outfits from our region. Watching some of their videos on YouTube can make one envy. I wish that before 2017 ends at least one of them performs in my city. It is my wish to have all the three bands on the same night. It’s not a bad idea to have a concert wholly dedicated to them we need to celebrate them; we need to dance with them.
In 2017 I surely wish that some event organizes and promoters can take this gamble and bring the 3 outfits in one space. I bet some will fly from all corners to see them live on stage.
If only Urban Culxure had made a bit of Bond notes I was going to gamble with the idea and make sure people don’t only read about them flying in and out of the country but watch them do what they know best live in the Royal capital Bulawayo.
It is my hope that 2017 will be good year. I believe that the year will give positive prospects to artiste in our city. Have a prosperous year