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Disastrous finale at Last Band Standing

Mon, 31 March 2014 05:18
by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Big Mama emerged victorious at The Last Band Standing finale, which took place on Saturday night at the NTN.
The show which had some exciting and disastrous moments, featured Randall Abrahams from Idols’ South Africa on the five member judging panel.
The last top five bands, Esme and Band, Hishishi Papa and Band, Big Mama, Slow and Band, and Pule and Friends battled it out for the N$50 000 grand prize.
Esme and Band opened the stage with an electric performance but disaster struck during the second performance of the night by Pule and Friends, when air inside the theatre was consumed by a teargas smell , affecting the crowd and performers.
 To worsen the situation, security guards were given orders not to allow people to vacate the building, resulting in commotion, as a barrage of people outside tried to enter, while those inside chocking on the gas were trying to exit the venue.
 The theatre with a capacity of 400 people took twice more, as 1000 tickets were sold.
After a thirty minute interval, Pule and Friends resumed their performance.
Big Mama was the third act of the night, followed by Slow and Band.  
The bands performed five to six songs, with Esme and Pule enjoying most of the crowds support.
 Hishishi Papa and Band’s performance were also a crowd favourite but Pule had most of them on their feet, as they joined in song and dance.
Randall, as seen on South African Idols, was nonchalant but subtle with his remarks after every performance.
Eventually Big Moma emerged the surprise winner  of the night, with crowd favourite Hishishi Papa and Band  and Esme and Band, coming second and third, each taking home N$ 30 000 and N$ 20 000 respectively.
Pule and Friends took fourth place with Slow and Band coming in the fifth place, but both acts getting the same prize of N$ 5 000 each.  
Tunakie, D-Naff, Tim Ekandjo, legendary Damara Punch artist Phura and Ras Sheehama to mention but a few,  were the few well known faces spotted in the crowd.
An old school band, Old Jazz Band, closed the show.