SA artists must give us bang for our buck

2012-03-24 09:51

Nandipha Ngomane

My thoughts on respect for the things that we do and the people around us came as I was having a chat with my little sister after she came back from the Usher concert at Soccer City on March 10 2012.

Needless to say, for as long as I can remember, my sister has always been a die-hard fan of Usher and this does not apply only to his music. Her fixation on Usher borders on obsession.

As she related to me what they had to put up with in order to see her beloved Usher, it became clear to me that as fans and supporters of music in South Africa we are not respected by the artists and the promoters or organisers of such gatherings.

She took me through all the performances by our local artists and what stood out for her was the lack of preparation from our local artists. This to me spelled out disrespect.

South African artists are forever complaining that we do not support their live performances. I have always wondered how an artist goes on stage drunk and expects to give his or her best.
Where is the respect for your craft and fans if as an artist you cannot take the time to rehearse so as to give fans a performance that they will not forget?

I’m yet to attend a local concert where the organisers are on top of their game, and where the artists know what is expected of them and how to deliver.

Chatting with my sister not only made me realise that as fans we are short-changed, but it made me realise that we need to speak up more and demand value for money from our artists.

It will be a long while before I buy a ticket to watch a concert that has only local artists in the line-up.

Usher outdid himself as per the report, and made all the waiting and irritation worthwhile for all those who went to the concert.

I hope that at some point our South African artists can recognise the importance of respecting their fans.

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