With two gospel shows happening at the same time, Blantyre gospel music fans had a tough decision of where to go and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday and this resulted in low patronage at both shows.
The shows, happening at venues just a stone‘s throw away from each other one at Comesa Hall and the other at Blantyre Cultural Centre (old French Cultural Centre), had different performance lists, a development that made fans weigh the artists on the lists before going to the shows.
Maria Monjeza, one of the patrons at BCC where the patronage was at least better, said she had a very tough decision choosing which show to go as most of the artists at both shows are her favourites.
“I chose to come to Blantyre Cultural Centre because Allan Ngumuya, who is one of my favourites, said this is his last performance for this year and I did not want to miss it,” said Monjeza.
Though with poor turnouts, the list of performers at the Easter gospel show by Mibawa at BCC and those at the Charity Gospel Show at Comesa Hall did not disappoint as they sent people dancing and singing along.
In an interview, Oscar Kafotokoza, one of the organisers of the Comesa Charity Gospel Show expressed disappointment with the BCC show organisers knowing fully there was already another gospel show happening on the same day.