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Asian Scene 13th November- Hunterz Comes to Nairobi

13 Nov

“The Management and Staff of Radio Africa Group wish the Hindu Community a very Happy Diwali and New Year, may your wishes be fulfilled and days prosper with more good times.”

He has been a successful musical producer but in the East side of music very rarely do producers become overnight successful singers like Timbaland or Ne-Yo. Meet Hunterz who has Kenyan roots but was born and brought up in the UK and had the chance to learn every possible instrument and produce for stars like Taz of Stereo Nation and then started to sing when he was offered a song with the everlasting UB40. No doubt Hunterz has vocal talents and a humble personality but he will have work ahead of him for Kenyan audience. Due to the Diwali weekend and other parties the turn out at his concert on Saturday 10th November at the Lions Club Loresho Hall was poor. When I went to meet him backstage he knew what was happening and diplomatically put “you have to introduce yourself in every country you go and sometimes this happens”.

Such shows deserve thorough post analysis, because not only does the morale of the artist get affected and the image of Nairobi but sponsorships lessen for future shows. The idea would be pick out a successful promote and do a profit sharing by recommending an artist and let the promoter take the risk but also put their expertise on how best to make it a success. With the 6am party on Saturday night it was testimonial that the concert goers youngsters have changed their taste and want to be multicultural or have different priorities. You could say the venue was not the usual one, as it is normally used for wedding receptions, but it comes doing to timing. Marketing was so heavy on East FM yet the turn out was low, then can you blame the artist for not being “popular enough”, well these are hard choices but need to be made to avoid losses or poor turn outs.

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4 responses to “Asian Scene 13th November- Hunterz Comes to Nairobi

  1. anoynymous

    November 13, 2012 at 19:54

    I would have to point the finger at the “artist” and I use this term generously…His own website isnt working-how can he be credible as an artist if he cant maintain his own website/facebook ??

     
    • harleenjabs

      November 15, 2012 at 08:47

      Dear Anonymous, thanks for your comment. I think I would have to agree with you that in today’s world of Social Media and PR if the artist is not meeting those requirements there can a deficiency in their popularity. I wouldn’t undermine their credibility because sometimes artists are just genuine and good but not using these tools to get their music out. Lesson learned.

       
      • anonymous

        November 27, 2012 at 18:28

        “Lesson learned” ? how are you responsible for the sponsor promoting him?
        Anyway…Im following your blog…keep up the great work ! At least you get to see these concerts for free(good or bad 🙂 )
        BTW: Im still the anonymous poster from above…you should have some kind of filter so vulgar, offensive posts are not put up automatically…
        Cheers
        …USA.

         
      • harleenjabs

        November 28, 2012 at 08:04

        Thanks anonymous, I am enjoying your feedback too. Yes I am lucky and love this job. Let’s see who is next and how they perform. Cheers.

         

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