Let us talk about the venue. Now, before I get into it, let's talk about PULSE, the magazine. one that has managed to build a reputation for itself in the entertainment industry. In fact, I would be forgiven to say the magazine is among the leaders in entertainment reporting. you, know, giving us common folk the current trends in fashion, music, movies, gizmos...you name it. So you understand why some of us had our expectations set high.
The show was held at IMAX, a movie theater...why? just why?? Performers had to jump from the audience to the stage; so did the few who were privileged enough to give out the awards. I gotta say, even the little shows we had back in high school had a backstage. The lighting was horrendous, not that we expected much, after all, it was a movie theater.
IT WAS ONE CRINGE MOMENT AFTER ANOTHER
After Mercy Masika performed her hit song 'Mwema' it was Papa Dennis' turn to hit the stage. For a minute, I thought it was an album launch..haha...okay..maybe I'm hating a little too much.
Rachael, popularly known to Homeboyz Radio fans as Mwalimu Rachael, had to endure sharing a stage with Shaffie, who was either really drunk, or his idea of funny is completely different from mine. he kept interrupting poor Rachael throughout the presentation and it sucked! His jokes were as stale as last week's loaf of bread.
Here is why me and few others were so unimpressed by this show.
YOU ONLY GET ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION
While proponents of the show said it was just their first show, I disagree that that was the best way to kick off the show. Others went ahead to say we were comparing the show to BET Awards and the Grammys...But we weren't. As a matter of fact, the only comparison we were making was to other equally successful award shows in Kenya, such as the Groove awards. No, they are not as glamorous as the Grammys but, they are not nearly as heartbreaking as the mess that was PMVA2015.
Next time, the people at pulse better invest in an event planner, one who knows what he/she is doing. To add to that, it must be noted that other award shows are successful because they are scripted to some extent. Invest in talented writers to make the show more engaging. Also, what award show does not have any fans? Call it me being a jealous fan but STILL, fans are the awards. Having celebrities looking down their noses as the only audience is part of the reason why the show was a disaster.
That being said, I am looking for investors to launch a music award show for east and west Africa. So we can show them how it is done. Ahem. Would you like to invest? Let me know in the comments below.