Award-winning urban musician Theo Thomson substantiated his relevance on Sunday when he pulled a huge youthful audience to the launch of his White Elephant album at Robin’s Park in Blantyre.
Robin’s Park was filled to capacity by supporters of urban music barely a week after gospel musician Sangwani Munthali was given a cold shoulder at the same venue.
History indicates that only formidable acts such as The Great Angels Choir, Thocco Katimba and Black Missionaries have filled up Robin’s Park.
But this was proved wrong on Sunday when Theo drew an impressive crowd of young people, so much that the organisers of the event, Mawu Productions, had to stop selling tickets after the venue was full.
The situation became tense at Robin’s Park entrance when the security detail was seen shoving people who were fighting for entry into the venue. Even those that went out to refresh themselves after a dose of entertainment had to struggle to find their way in.
“While we wanted people to come to the show, at the same time we have a mandate to ensure people’s security inside the hall. So, we had no choice, but to stop further sale of tickets to minimise congestion inside,” said Prince Chikweba of Mawu Productions, who is also Theo’s brand manager.
The development forced some of the youth, which were in large numbers, to enjoy the show from outside Robin’s Park—simply dancing to the tunes that were springing from inside.
The situation inside the venue was not spared of fun as some of the youths were spotted on cloud nine, exhibited by energetic dance moves of the dance floor.
For a long time, Theo has been silent on the music scene as he has shifted his focus on the international market, which has seen him promoting his music on global platforms such as iTunes.
But he was all smiles on Sunday when he rewrote his name on the country’s urban music bloc.
One of his fans Shupikire Mbewe from Blantyre’s Nkolokosa Township was glowing in her praise for the artist: “This show is incredible and a mark of new chapter for urban music in the country. It has never happened before. And I really had fun from the word go.”
With their names appearing on a big screen and performing under the spotlight, which was flashing from a strategic upper floor of the Robin’s Park, artists were given a spectacular stage experience.
Times TV’s personality Mr 265 was the Master of Ceremonies of the highly-charged show and he also added sparkle to the proceedings when he engaged the audience flamboyantly.
Tay Grin, DareDevils, Sonye, Dali, Sangie, Bucci and Bag Pack were some of the artists who dished out spirited performances, paving the stage for the main actor.
Tay Grin added colour to his set when he used a hover board to move around the stage, a development which attracted a wild excitement from his fans.
Theo performed songs mostly taken from his new album with a partial live backing of Bag Pack on the decks and brothers Yesaya and Jabay Nkhwazi on drums and piano, respectively.
Theo made an impression with Maybe Tomorrow which featured a live set of traditional dancers and drummers.
He said he was excited with the performance.
“This is amazing. I have really enjoyed the shows together with family and friends. But I owe it to my fans who are always there for me,” said Theo.