Poor patronage marred the launch of the first ever DVD by Veteran singer and guitarist Paul Banda The Best of Sir Paul Banda at BAT ground in Blantyre on Sunday.
The DVD which was first launched in Lilongwe last month before taking it to Balaka Stadium on Saturday anticipated to attract a large crowd in Blantyre but that was not the case.
Organizers could be seen panicking when the 11 am starting time reached but with less than 10 people in the stadium forcing them to reschedule it to later in the afternoon.
The organizers failed their duty to source a stage for performances and with time running out they decided to use a lorry for a stage which had little space and restricted the artists from dancing.
Fans were furious to note that the organizers even failed to source a stage for the veteran artist who has helped a lot of artist through his IY studio, forcing him to perform in a lorry.
Though he forced a smile while waiting to jump on the stage with his guitar in his hand, disappointment could be seen registering on his face with how the show was organized.
He said that he expected to see change during the Blantyre show following a similar disorganization in Balaka which led to the late planting of a stage. He however apologized to the fans for not putting up a good show.
“People deserved the best from us, there were a lot of things which we didn’t do right and surely this kept others away so I apologize,” said Banda.
Before the show on Thursday organizers from Anthu Ambiri Records could be seen running around media houses and pasting posters in Blantyre in an effort to save the situation, a thing which many feel led to the poor patronage.
San B, Symon Kamlaka, Kaka and Rod Valamanja performed during the show but Joseph Nkasa did not come. The DVD was produced by Anthu Ambiri Records includes interview on his life in music apart from his best songs.