CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
SOMEONE wrote that music festivals are not what the carefully staged Instagram pictures would have you believe; they were right, at least in the context of last Saturday’s Lusaka Music Festival that was scheduled for Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
By all accounts, this was supposed to be a huge concert featuring the likes of Danny Kaya, Izrael (formerly Exile), Macky II, Jay Rox, Roberto, Mic Burner, Kiki, Mampi, Nasty D and Slap D among others who were supposed to be backed by Uncle Rex and the band in addition to the disc jockeys Gesh Groove, DJ 800, DJ V Jeezy and DJ Twizzy.
But poor time keeping by the organisers destroyed the entire affair.
According to the Instagram promotional posters, the show should have started at 10:00 hours but did not until 18:30 hours.
Renowned English playwright William Shakespeare once said better three hours too soon than a minute late but the Lusaka Music Festival was not a minute late, or an hour late, but several hours late. Just count them: 10:00 hours; 11:00 hours; 12:00 hours; 13:00 hours; 14:00 hours; 15:00 hours; 16:00 hours, 17:00 hours; 18:00 hours and finally at 18:30 hours when Exile first took to the stage.
That is like eight hours late, a normal day’s shift at work. They say better late than never, but not in that manner, even if it is the so-called African time.
Towards 15:00 hours, some fans resorted to playing soccer to fight off the cold weather and boredom of the delayed festival.
But most of the fans were clearly unhappy.
“This is almost 18:00 hours, its cold out here and the show has not started…time wasted,” one fan who only identified herself as Christine, who was however impressed with the sound system and choice of venue, told the Weekend Mail.
But one promising artiste, who was supposed to perform before the main acts, was clearly not impressed and he was not about to praise the organisers for anything.
“I mean, this is Zed [Zambia] am not surprised that the show has delayed but I fear people may protest in future,” the hip hop artiste said.
That is what the organisers should be worried about, the legacy of the festival.
But Chanda Mutale, a Zambian customer relations consultant based in America, partly attributed the late start of the show to the poor turnout.
“I have seen that some musicians who are scheduled to perform are here but very few people have come to support the local artistes,” she said.
An initial check at the stadium after 12:00 hours found about 20 people dancing to the live bands while waiting for the official opening of the event. Exile was officially the main act to start the performances at around 18:30 hours. He sang a number of songs as Karasa prepared to go up next.
But whatever happened subsequently, it mattered little for those fans who had planned to have fun only between 10:00 hours and 18:00 hours.