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Bobby East well connected in South

BOBBY East on stage at Club Connect in Livingstone last weekend.

NDANGWA MWITTAH, Livingstone
THE last time Club Connect was filled in the manner it was last Friday was when celebrated dancehall artiste T Sean performed there in March this year.
After the award winning dancehall artistes show, many artistes have performed there but none managed to fill up the night spot centrally located in the central business district of the tourist capital.
General Ozzy, Jae Cash, Rich Bizzy and most recently Petersen are the big-name artistes that have performed there but somehow failed to attract huge crowds.
Well, the scenario changed last weekend.
For whatever reason, it was Bobby East, the X.Y.Z chief executive officer, who switched things around.
Whether or not it was all due to good marketing and advertising of the show or simply about being easy to sell, the numbers spoke for themselves last weekend.
Despite being a target of hate and ridicule by some people on social media for the sextape scandal, the Lusaka-based rapper managed to handle the situation and has gone on to grow his fan base even bigger.
Performing for the first time at the nightspot and in Livingstone after his appearance at the 2018 Zambia Breweries sponsored Mosi Day of Thunder, Bobby East dazzled.
Travelling with Nez Long, with whom he recorded Van Damme, a song that has received unmatched airplay for much of this year, among many more of his songs, his anxious fans waited until after midnight for him to step on the stage.
First to open the show, organised by M Vibe Media, was Livingstone-based upstarts Sky Empire.
The duo were also in the news recently for having produced a song that was eventually banned and declared not suitable for radio. Well, they entertained the crowd, more so with their dance moves.
Next up was Nez Long, who also performed a number of songs, before performing Van Damme, as a way of summoning Bobby East to the stage.
The time was 00:59 hours and it basically signalled the start of the party and a commotion ensued.
Everyone wanted to get as close enough to the stage and just touch him as he did his thing on stage – but the security wasn’t having it.
“Guys, don’t fight the girls. They can’t harm me, just let them enjoy themselves,” Bobby East was heard telling the security.
He took the patrons down memory lane with performances of some of his early songs such as Paloma, Ma Fyompables among others before he went on to perform his latest hits such as For a Long Time.
The fun was short-lived, however, as he could only manage to perform for an hour before ‘breaking’ off for a short break which turned out forever.

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