Oversubscribed is the best term that can be used to describe and summarise Mncedisi Ncube aka MJ Sings’ one-man concert which was held at the Bulawayo Theatre on 23 July.
Dubbed The Prince of Soul concert, MJ Sings held the gig as a way of honouring his die-hard fans who ran a petition for him to hold such an intimate event, and his fans kept their word as they came in full force to support the soul master.
Socialites and celebrities including Qeqeshiwe Mntambo, Novuyo Seagirl, Saimon Mambazo Phiri, Stewie Le Savage, dancer Mbongeni Marcel Nxumalo, globetrotting all-female Imbube ensemble Nobuntu, to mention a few, graced the event.
MJ Sings is over the moon after experiencing love and appreciation on the night of his concert.
“At first, I was scared to come out of the shell and stage the show, but I give thanks to my fans who encouraged me to face my fears. The gig was sold out and the experience was amazing.
“It was a big surprise to me because it was my first ever major concert but because of the love from my fans, the venue was super packed despite not publicly marketing the show.
“My biggest highlight of the night was seeing the audience singing along to all the songs,” said MJ Sings.
On the eve of the intimate unplugged session, MJ Sings sampled a new song titled Nami, a love ballad which was inspired by legendary author Isaac Mpofu’s 1974 read Wangithembisa Lami.
Nami will be dropped in August.
“The song was inspired by one of our high school Ndebele literature set-books called Wangithembisa Lami.
“I remember loving the book so much when I was in high school and the events on the book were common love stories that people are still facing even today. So, I used my imagination to write my own twist of the story and it was so crazy to see the audience receive the song like that and sing it out loud,” said MJ Sings.
MJ Sings is working on launching Nami at an event he said would be colourful.
He is also wrapping up his album whose release is set for October.