When the rest of the world went on about the #MenareTrash hashtag on social media, we should have coined our own hashtag centered on the second edition of the not so impressive Bulawayo Music carnival 2.
After the success of the 2016 edition I thought on this one the organisers will pull a memorable event, but alas this was poor.I had a billion questions race through my mind while at the so called music carnival.
Who was the superstar? Why were we having so many people on stage? Why was the performers list being done on the day of the event and back stage? Organisers had the whole week to plan and organise all this things.
Why was it being last minute? Why was the event looking like something which was rushed and not well planned for in time? Despite the cold chilly weather fans thronged the Tshisanyama with hope for an eventful night.
Let’s stop massaging each other with lies and start giving the little support Bulawayo art is getting from the few individuals who attend some of the events.
The handbook or template which was used in planning the 2016 edition should be revisited, I wonder why that book was thrown out the window and we got the shoddy template, which disappointed local music fans and musicians.
- Advertising and Marketing
Advertising and Marketing Unlike the previous year, the 2017 edition was poorly marketed. I mean I first saw the event poster about the last week. The first one was visible; one could even see posters all over town.
Many folks were shocked about the sudden emergence of the Carnival. This is a clear testimony that this event was rushed, nothing much was put in the planning of the event.
2. Skyz Metro FM Presenters causing confusing on stage
At one point on stage they were about 10 people. The musician, the M.C.’s from Skyz Metro FM, the Dj some sound guys and the promoter were all on stage.
One could not understand who the superstar was, just because a musician is an opening act it does not mean that they are supposed to be undermined.
When South African based kalawa signed Diliza went on stage he had to ask people to go off stage so he could perform which was embarrassing.
One will wonder if Babongile and Bkay were backing musicians or dancers. The two were literally all over the stage with Bkay also acted tipsy or he was drunk.
The two were like permanent stage instruments. At one time while a musician was on stage singing the duo were busy taking selfies and were even joined by fellow presenter TKP for a selfie moment. (Madoda lets respect musicians).
We should stick to our roles in order to have some success in these events. People were confused about the role of this two who wanted to take the light away from musicians. In general stage management was poor.
Check out the highlights of the 2016 event
3. Time Management
In red block letters it was written the event would start at 2PM, but well 6 hours later we saw the first musician go on stage. Already some people who had come in the afternoon had left.
Musician’s performances were cut short because promoters were trying to squeeze each and every one. It lacked professionalism and respect to the talented musicians.
4. False advertising
How many fans came for Djembe Monks and Gabz Fire? How many fans came for Cal-vin? How many came for TKP and Liz?All this acts did not perform, but were main poster attractions.
Some Skyz Metro FM followers had hope of seeing Khaya Drastiq who was advertised as the official MC together with Babongile, but well Khaya Drastic was no where to be seen.
3D events and its partners had no guts to tell the fans of change of plans but went on with the disorganized program.
What is the real problem with Bulawayo events is it money? Or it’s just but poor planning?
The fans didn’t get what was promised to them. Djembe Monks is one the finest groups from the city that should be taken serious and be given respect, no two ways.
The group is a crowd puller. This also showed that they were no contracts between event organiser and the artiste as some decisions were hurriedly done without considering the effects.
If a contract was done some of the demonic happenings couldn’t have happened as the organiser would have tried to respect that.
5. Off Flopping musicians and favoritism
Despite all the nonsense by the event organisers and comrades from Skyz Metro FM some musicians should reconsider their fate in the music industry. If they want to be musicians let it be, if they want to be drunken masters they should take their time at local bars and pubs, than wasting time on stage pretending to be what they are not.
Floppy X should separate his cartoon character Ntuthu and him being a rapper. When he went on stage he started asking if the crowd knew that he was Ntuthu from the Bulawayo show.
He didn’t sing he kept on asking that question before he was pushed off stage by Babongile as he failed to impress the booing crowd. Floppy X was more of a clown on stage.
Floppy is talented he should make up his mind and treat himself as a brand. Many believe he was under the influence hence his behavior which left nothing to be desired.
It wasn’t only Floppy who failed to deliver even the Izankaleli hit makers who were getting dance backing from Skyz Metro FM presenters never matched the popularity of their song. The duo gave a horrid performance.
Madlela Skhobokhobo was the highlight of the carnival as he gave an amazing stage performance he kept everyone dancing and had the crowd singing along to his hit song “ngamnanka”
Overall the show was trash hence we should throw it to the dust bin. We still have a long way to go in doing shows successfully.