NKOLE NKOLE, Lusaka
PERHAPS it was poor promotion that contributed to the modest crowd at the culmination of the Barefeet Festival last weekend at Lusakaâ€™s Manda Hill shopping mall.
Whatever the reason, it did not stop the small crowd from enjoying the local and international acts that were lined up to close the festival.
The concert was also held to celebrate the Barefeet Festivalâ€™s 10 year existence in Zambia and as such was appropriately titled, The Elevat10n Concert.
On the local line up was artist Chembo, who performed a couple of singles off her EP, Love vs Reality.
Chemboâ€™s personal favourite song, Hey Mama, was warmly received by the crowd who clapped along as she sang.
Wezi Muhone, of the Toliwe fame, followed Chemboâ€™s act with her own tribute to mothers which the audience absolutely loved.
â€œMama, who will be there to hold my hand, mama who will be there to understand,â€ she crooned.
Wezi kept the audience engaged through her lively set as she encouraged patrons to dance along with her at intervals.
Her set would have been incomplete without the performance of the song, Toliwe which was an instant hit upon its initial 2014 release.
Reggae/Dancehall artist, Cactus Agony brought the house down with his catchy reggae tunes such as Bush Territory and Waiting for Your Love and also through the rendition of popular dancehall hits.
Jay Rox did not kill the hype stirred by Cactusâ€™ set and equally had the crowd skanking along to hits such as Joanna.
As a Zone Fam member, he did not leave out Zone Fam hits such as Translate and Kontolola, to the visible delight of the audience.
His fiery set was followed by the concertâ€™s headlining act, the Afro fusion band,Freshly Ground.
The musically stimulating band delivered a captivating performance of hits such as Doo Bee Doo and Pot Belly which the audience sang and danced along to.
Band member Zolani Mahola, told the crowd that despite Africaâ€™s challenges, the continent was moving forward every single day.
â€œSouth Africa is in a mess. Zimbabwe is in a mess but there is no better place to play,â€ she said. â€œWe can go to America, we can go to Asia but here is where it is happening.â€
By the end of the concert, it was clear that the size of an audience does not matter as long as everyone is having a good time.
NKOLE NKOLE, Lusaka