More artists than Christians
LOBAMBA – A gospel music festival organised by the the Association of Christian Artists of Swaziland (ACASWA) at Somhlolo National stadium yesterday was a flop.
The show was organised by the committee of the Somhlolo Festival of Praise as part of the celebrations of the ongoing festival. Less than 50 people attended the event despite that entrance was free.
Most of those who turned up were the artists who were performing on the day.
While their fellow musicians performed, they ‘boosted’ the figures of the audience. The show which had been billed to start at 10am only started at about noon and ended at 4pm.
Mathokoza Mthethwa, chairman of the organising committee said the delay in the commencement of the event was caused by the fact that the sound system that was used was shared with another event.
"The sound system was to be used at both the breakfast prayer meeting and here. The prayer meeting ended later than the scheduled time," he said.
He also said the event recorded a good attendance in terms of the groups that performed on the day.
Mthethwa said close to 20 groups showed up on the day, most of which are relatively new in the industry.
He attributed the poor audience to the fact that most people attended the prayer breakfast meeting earlier on.
Artists who performed included Nonhle Mthethwa, her mother Amazing Mthethwa, MTJ, a reggae gospel group, Pastor Frank Mhlanga and Pastor Vuyisile Magagula and the Word of Courage among others. Interestingly, Amazing Mthethwa believed the event was a success. She said it was good that artists supported each other on the day.
"In other events, artists stay in their vehicles and do not show support to fellow artists but today, we are all here listening to each other enjoying our music," she said.
Dumisani Manana, President of ACASWA said his organisation was happy about the event.
"We are grateful that we gave new groups a platform to showcase their talents.
The audience was happy and this shows that they all had amazing potential," he said. Nomzamo Dlamini who was part of the audience said the event flopped because it was not properly marketed. "People who did not attend missed out because we were blessed and enjoyed the music," she said.
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