MIEBAKA HENRY NIMENIBO
We are beginning to lose the true essence of entertainment. We leave our respective homes for the sake of quality entertainment with or without the knowledge or importance of relaxation but on getting there we get to see another side of our favorite Artiste, we loved them on CD, they might have hidden under the shelters of the studio (where you can make mistakes and rerecord until you have a perfect song) but the real deal most times are not forth coming when they get that big weight of theirs on stage to reveal their flaws.
When the DJ’ are doing their best to hype the performers by banging the joints and adding flavour with scratches here and there; making heads nod, finger snapping, hands clapping and waving. At this point what more can Artistes ask for? The atmosphere is tight and the energy is right, it has to be a showdown now you can begin to assume, but don’t get your hopes all up because most of these Artistes lack good showmanship. They get too excited like quickies and spoil the fun when the tempo is at the climax or might even be too intoxicated and less sensitive to realize the crowd had provided a priceless conducive musical atmosphere.
This has been one of the reasons most musicians don’t get too many call up for shows because as refreshing and relaxing as entertainment is, it’s also a very serious business. It’s even worse when the atmosphere and the stage proves to be bigger than the Artiste in question and thereby makes a show of mockery denting a promising personality. Whenever this happens, it attaches a stigma of failure to that brand (Artiste) fluffing your lines or miming on stage are not offenses that can be easily forgiven. Fans are easily irritated by this as they have always shown; by throwing variety of hate on stage which not only kill the morale of the Artiste, but diminishes the confidence level in subsequent times.
After pointing out these flaws, it will be only fair if I give some tips that might help (this will depend on the method of application)
REHEARSE PROPERLY: many Artistes take the business of entertaining to be a joke rather than making a career out of it and also do not realize the dangers of taking the audience for granted.
BE PROFESSIONAL: being professional means being aware of your audience, bring them into the groove, engage them in a “holler back system”, get a clue of your popular songs from your audience because it’s not about what you want to sing but what they (fans/audience) wants to hear.
MAKE A MARK: come with an identity, stage performance is a chance to sell yourself, (since you might not know who is watching or taping) and own you stage by putting on a great show.
LEAVE WITH A BANGER: save your best for last but this doesn’t mean that you will bore them when you get on stage. Use hooks of joints that are familiar to your audience (if the verses are not popular sing-alongs) and quit the platform with a top banger and leave your audience gasping for more… thank me later.