Ngqwele Dube, Sunday News Reporter
TICKET prices for the Spring Feelings Jazz and Soul Dinner show set to be headlined by Oliver Mtukudzi and scheduled for the Large City Hall in Bulawayo on Friday have been slashed.
The promoters, Big Scale Entertainment, announced they had seen it fit to reduce the prices following pleas from the public.
Tickets will now be going for $50 for VIP and includes a three-course meal and $25 for ordinary with a light meal. Initially entrance charges had been put at $120 for VVIP, $80 for VIP and $40 for ordinary.
Big Scale spokesperson, Calvin Chauke said in the short period they have been marketing the event, revellers indicated they were eager to attend the show but highlighted the prices were beyond their reach.
He said while they are pursuing a relatively new concept of a dinner show they did not want to shut out a majority of music lovers.
“Our aim is to set new trends in the local entertainment scene but we don’t want it to be totally out of reach to those who love music.
“We will still maintain the same high class standard that we want to introduce. We still want people to feel that great service while relaxing and enjoying the music.
“We have scrapped the VVIP section and we now have the VIP with the ticket going for $50 and it comes with a sumptuous three-course meal. Ordinary tickets are now pegged at $25 and ticket holders get a snack,” he said.
The event is the first from Big Scale Entertainment and is set to feature Tuku alongside award winning, Bekezela, Mr Prince and Nigerian saxophonist, Ola Sax.
Chauke said they are targeting the discerning jazz lover who has been neglected for a long while.
“We know people who love jazz do not want to be crowded during shows being stomped upon or shoved in queues so we are planning an orderly event that will bring out the older music lovers who have been forced to stay at home as they don’t want to go through the hassles associated with ordinary shows,” he added.
Bekezela’s stock has been rising since he signed up to one of South Africa’s leading record companies, Muthaland Entertainment/Ghetto Ruff.