Malawi music audience must be a disappointed lot after South Africa’s top Kwaito group, Big Nuz, failed to turn up for performance for the second time, as one of its members, Mampintsha, could not make it on the plane due to flight fears.
The group was expected to perform at Wakawaka club in the Capital city of Lilongwe on Sunday to compensate for its failure to show up for Malawi’s Sand Music Festival last month despite having already pocketed R50,000 (about K1.9 million) in advance as their full payment.
Despite much media hype and organizers’ promises, the grouping could not make it instead they send in their representatives who apologized that Big Nuz failed to show up because of Mampintsha’s aviophobia, which also failed the group to come the first time.
Lucius Banda could not answer his phone despite several attempts by Nyasa Times to get his comment on the matter.
The impressive patronage to the show was left frustrated as to why the organizers had to dupe them of their hard-earned-money with the billed Big Nuz nowhere to be seen. Instead, Taygrin, Skeffa Chimoto, Lucius Banda, Stanley Mthenga and Dj Scapper pitched in to cover up.
“I didn’t come here for this. Why did they advertise and made headline that Big Nuz is coming when they actually know they won’t be here. This is frustrating. I think some of these promoters take us for granted,” complained one of the patrons, Charles Munde.
But it was a disappointing night for the Nyau king, Taygrin and Mthenga who were booed off stage. The patronage showed its anger the self-claimed Nyau king the moment he was called on to perform, and he couldn’t last for a minute as the disappointed and irate chased him off the stage. Same happened with Mthenga of Sena Jive who could not last longer on the stage.
The last time, the group’s manager, renowned DJ Tira of Afrotainment, said Mampintsha has had problems with flights for a long time, a development that has led to the group not performing outside the country.
He said apart from the Malawi show, the group, which is currently very popular in Malawi for their latest hit song ‘Hawaii’, has cancelled four other shows and they will not be doing any other international gigs.