Akon concert fiasco

Patience Bambalele

The Urban Music Festival on Friday night at the Coca-cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, failed to live up to expectations.

Featuring Senegalese-American singer Akon and rapper Fat Joe, the show failed to attract music lovers despite thousands of rands that were pumped into the concert.

Those who could not see the show should not worry about missing the concert because they missed nothing.

Firstly, the venue was empty and the sound was bad, to say the least. Even Brian Mcnight's show was able to fill the hall to capacity.

The festival started on time with local acts doing curtain-raisers for the international acts. Female singer Lungi was first but she failed dismally on stage.

After her Jozi and Leane performed but still could not shake the crowd. Singer Danny K tried to give the show some life but his voice was swallowed by the sound.

Music lovers began enjoying the concert when American duo Black Violins came on stage.

Then music lovers finally saw Fat Joe on stage, giving a rather Lukewarm performance.

The man who really saved the day was the multi-award winning Akon. He gave a sizzling performance.