Hipnotik Festival just superb!
MALKERNS - Close to 3 000 people showed up for the first ever Hipnotik hip hop Festival at House on Fire on Saturday.
At first, it seemed as though the event would be a huge flop as by 8pm, it was still empty with most people chilling outside.
This is despite the fact that the organisers had planned that it would start after 2pm to accommodate the young fun lovers.
People only started flocking to the place at around 9pm.
Of note was the fact one could tell that it was a hip hop show as 90 per cent of those who attended were young people below the age of 30.
Most of the gents were dressed in the latest flat caps, tracksuits and sneakers which are synonymous with the hip hop trend.
The organisers did a good job by taking the performances of the main artists to the outside arena which had more space to accommodate everyone.
Out of all the over 10 artists who performed, Big Nuz, AKA and Khuli Chana stole the show.
AKA, who was a favourite with the ladies, gave a superb performance and even joined Chana in two of his performances and the fans just loved it.
Big Nuz, on the other hand, stole the hearts fans by performing their popular hits including the latest hit ‘Beng’no 4 000’ which saw some serious dancing.
The group’s larger than life talented member Mampintja even took the microphone and told the fans, "We will perform here even when they try to stop us.’
Even tough most of his songs are in the Tswana language, Khuli Chana was the best performer on the night. The ladies also loved the mesmerising dance moves by The Repertoires as their performance was just out of this world.
Locals who thrilled include Mozaik, Smooth Criminals, KrTC and Izzie.
Some of those who were spotted at the event include South African actor Presley Chweneyagae, local actress and model Amanda du Pont, Princes Lindani and Bandzile, SwaziBoy first lady Lando Dlamini and SwaziBoy Director Mthunzi ‘Shadow Zwane’ to name but a few.
Performances on the main stage ended at around 2am.
... dance battle fails
MALKERNS-The Dance Battle which was billed to take place during the day did not take off.
For the past three weeks, the organisers of the festival have been inviting local dance groups to register for the competition where the winner was to pocket E1 000 and further get a chance to share the stage with the South African talented stars The Repertoires.
By 5pm, there was no activity at the venue.
When Real Entertainment Director Melusi ‘Zox’ Dlamini was asked about the issue, he said he was not around during the day.
"I was away in Big Bend and there were people who were mandated to take care of that so I do not know if it took place or not," he said.
When questioned further, Dlamini admitted that there was no dance competition and apologised to those that had shown interest.
Technical problems spoil it for AKA
MALKERNS-Technical problems almost spoiled South African singer AKA’s performance at the festival on Saturday.
The talented heartthrob stepped onto the stage immediately after 11pm but was forced to leave after the sound system experienced problems.
He came back again after a few minutes but experienced the same problem and this disappointed his crazy female fans who were screaming for him.
The organisers then gave the stage to local artist Izzie whose performance was also spoiled but he continued.
Eventually, AKA performed at around midnight and his set was sizzling hot perhaps due to the fact that his fans seemed to know his music very well as they sang along.
This was the artist’s second performance in the country.
"It was bad but I’m happy that in the end it was sorted. I loved the whole show especially because of the response from the fans. I love Swaziland, the people are beautiful here. I hope I will be back soon," he said in an interview after his performance.
AKA’s special gift from ‘Off The Hook’
MALKERNS-The Off The Hook clothing label presented AKA with a special gift at the show.
When the star waved goodbye to his fans after his performance, the clothing label’s representative Single-lilly Ndwandwe stepped onto the stage, took the microphone and announced that they had a special gift for the star.
Ndwandwe then opened the orange box which had a beautiful pair of Air Jordan sneakers.
"Thank you so much Swaziland. The people here are so loving and I love my gift," the award winning singer said.
The label, which is based at the Riverstone Mall, is owned by Member of Parliament Princess Ncengencenge who was also in attendance.
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