UPCOMING gospel musician Letwin Gavhure Chawira’s album launch held at Harare Gardens on Saturday was poorly attended, leaving the promoter counting his losses.
Report by Winstone Antonio
The poorly organised launch was headlined by South African gospel sensation Winnie Mashaba.
Even with Mathias Mhere as part of the line-up at the show, the concert proved to be a yawn attracting just around 200 revellers.
The gathering would essentially resemble half of the part of the crowd that Mhere would attract during his own solo performance.
NewsDay is reliably informed that the organiser of the event spent about $80 000 to host the event that left him in huge arrears.
At the show, Mashaba shared the stage with upcoming local talent in the form of Alfa Gatsi, Blessing Nyakuchera, Ananias Shoko and Joel Maphosa among others.
Speaking to NewsDay, the event organiser Tinashe Chawira admitted that he had incurred a huge loss, but said the baptism of fire would not deter him from doing more concerts.
“Although I failed to make a breakthrough at this first attempt, I will not throw in the towel, but continue with more concerts in future,” he said.
Chawira said he had treated the show as a learning curve.
Despite the poor attendance, all the artistes put up spirited performances, but it was Mhere and Mashaba who won the hearts of many.
Mashaba, a well-celebrated gospel diva in the Southern African region who has won several awards in South Africa for her contribution to the gospel genre, gave the local fans a show which was of value for their money.
Although she performed as a closing act, she managed to maintain the tempo that had already been set by Mhere with his classical performance.
Meanwhile, the South Africa- based Chawira expressed gratitude to Mashaba and local musicians who supported her at the launch.
“I always wanted to unveil my albums at an event like this one, but it’s only that things did not go the way I anticipated,” she said.
Chawira said as a way of taking her music to people she is going to have more shows before she go back to South Africa.
The two albums that Chawira was launching Isu Kwete and Vesai Moto were all produced by renowned producer Clive Mono Mukundu who also plays some instruments on both of the albums.