The much-anticipated Thank You SABC Music Concert which took place on Saturday failed to fill up the 40 000 capacity of Orlando stadium.
The overly low turnout left the organisers with little or no money to foot the bills. Some creme de la creme in the entertainment industry were invited to the show and they had to be paid.
Organisers of the Thank You SABC Music Concert have had to fend off questions about the near-empty stadium. Thus, speaking on the low turn out of people, one of the organizers, singer and songwriter Mzwakhe Mbuli shifted the blame to the ticket fee which was supposed to be for free.
Mbuli pointed out:
“We had initially hoped the event would be free because it was celebrating an important milestone in the history of South Africa, where our own music is receiving the most airplay on SABC for the first time in 22 years.”
Nevertheless, the star-studded line-up had to be paid. Thus, the selling of tickets.
The show has been plagued by controversy ever since it was announced last week.
First, a press release emerged that the SABC would be taking care of the costs. However, when the news started raising eyebrows, the public broadcaster excommunicated itself from the statement, saying it had not been released on its behalf.
Again, it was revealed that controversial promoter Morris Roda was one of the key role players in the concert. Roda was previously investigated by authorities after a failed Miriam Makeba tribute concert.
Like that was not enough chaos already, top artists revealed that they had not been paid and would not perform unless they get paid. Maybe the thought of not seeing the top artists as promised led to the low turnout.
Consequently, pictures of an empty stadium dominated social media over the weekend. This is irrespective of the fact that prices for the tickets were reduced from R 100 to R 20. Those who managed to attend said the concert was just boring.