Gospel hotshot Patience Namadingo has said his new music approach has helped him to win a new community of audience if the people that patronized his two concerts are anything to go by.
Namadingo organised two concerts last Saturday night at Blantyre’s Comesa hall and Capital hotel in Lilongwe to mark the official launch of his second album Lero. Both concerts attracted an impressive turn up, confirming the relevance of Namadingo’s new music approach which entails elements of poetry and drama.
Namadingo was also into strict use of acoustic guitar in order to give out the best live experience of his music during concerts.
The 25-year-old artist told The Nation on Tuesday that the landmark of his refreshed music direction is the new audience he had lately won.
Namadingo said: “First and foremost I am glad to testify that the music path I have taken has created new fan base for me. The presence of middle class people including popular figures during my album launch was a testimony. I was event overwhelmed to see a couple of white music experts I know from Blantyre attending and
appreciating my concert.”
In Blantyre, Namadingo performed under the disco light spotlight in the dark Comesa Hall.
Whereas, in Lilongwe he performed in the afternoon at a corporate-like designed concert.
He said the majority of the audience that turned up at both concerts were different from the one he has enjoyed before at venues such as Robin’s Park, Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) and Lilongwe’s Sheaffer Hall.
He cited politician-cum-music promoters Felix Njawala and Moses Kunkuyu, Gospel Kazako of Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Richard Chirwa of Fadeth Furniture and Ken Zikhale Ng’oma as some of the well-known people who supported him during the concerts.
Namadingo also hailed the support which the country’s media houses have rendered him throughout his music career.
He said what matters most in his professional music career was to win and build a strong support from a diverse audience. But to achieve such a significant mark it required his dedication and patience.
He said: “With every dawn is a new beginning. So, this just signifies the coming of new Patience Namadingo who has been patient enough and dedicated himself to work.”
Namadingo launched his second album which features popular tracks such as Msati Mseke and Macheza.
He performs some songs alongside his doctor friend Joram Nyirongo and his three-man band which comprises his producer and promoter Amos Mlolowah, who mans the drums and keyboard, lead guitarist Collen Ali and himself on the rhythm guitar.
Meanwhile, Namadingo has embarked on distribution exercise of his new album which is going at K2 500 ($4.15) per copy.
However, the pricing of his music differs from other gospel musicians’ work that attracts the charges of K1 000 ($1.66) or K500 ($0.83) per CD.
The poor price of CDs in the country is heavily influenced by the malpractice of piracy which encourages a culture of sharing electronic music files illegally.