Reggae outfit the Black Missionaries have apologised to their fans in Mzimba for their failure to show up for scheduled performance on four different occasions this year at Joburg Club in the district.
The Blacks kept on postponing the show despite Joburg Club owner Dhumisani Jere paying half of the required K900 000 (about $1 415) performance fees.
Jere, whose reputation was battered in the district for the failed shows, claims to have lost an additional K600 000 (about $943) in advertisement, security and other expenditures.
However, the two parties resolved to hold the show last Saturday where the Blacks were expected to foot all the bills on advertisement as compensation.
During the show that attracted low patronage, Anjiru took time off the microphone to apologise for their failure to honour their commitments.
He said: “People of Mzimba, we are sorry for the show that failed to take place last time. We could not make it because it was not easy for us to travel all the way from Blantyre for a single show. We needed to have a number of shows on our way here.”
As if to prove his words, the band put up a spirited performance that resonated well with sound quality.
Jere said fans in the district have lost trust in the band as witnessed by the low patronage.
“We had huge patronage during the first show that was cancelled at the eleventh hour. This time around, fans do not believe that the band is in town. That’s how the failed shows have ruined my business because this show has been a flop,” said Jere.
He, however, said the band has compensated him with two more shows in July to be held in Mzimba and Blantyre.
“Hopefully, that’s when I will recover the losses I have made,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Black Missionaries Band are leaving for South Africa on Thursday for eight performances that will keep them in the rainbow nation for three weeks.
However, the band will return on Saturday for a Morgan Heritage show at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe before returning to South Africa on Sunday. n