DVD launch a chance to thank artist’s home town

Thulani Gqirana

LAUNCHING her DVD, An Intimate Night with Unathi, in Port Elizabeth just felt right, and tonight Metro FM DJ Unathi Msengana will use the launch as an opportunity to thank the place where she grew up.

“I think a lot of us feel very guilty when we leave to find the gold, but for me this is a way of truly saying thank you. I’ve been gone 12 years and have been singing for 10 years,” she said.

“This DVD is my baby and I’ve been saving for a long time to put it together. I know we have a bad reputation in PE in that we don’t go to events and that’s why we get sidelined with quality events and for me that does not feel right.”

Msengana, 35, the first female artist to perform at the Boardwalk Convention Centre, said she also wanted to celebrate the venue.

“The universe was just telling me I need to come home. It’s exciting that in Port Elizabeth we finally have an ICC [International Convention Centre]. So the launch had to be here.”

The dynamic Msengana said the DVD launch was going to be a journey of her decade in the music industry.

“I’m going to take them [the audience] through an emotional landscape, so we are going to cry, laugh, celebrate, reflect and dance.

“They can expect to see the growth that I’ve shown musically over the years, but most importantly no one in the world has seen or heard the DVD, so this will be an unveiling. It’s going to be a very long performance. It’s going to be awesome.”

She will perform with her 10-piece band and will also feature her music director, fellow musician Kabomo.

Msengana, who arrived in the city yesterday, said the DVD was something she had been wanting to do for a while. “I’ve been planning it for two years. I shot it in September last year but I didn’t tell anyone that I was doing it, only the production team knew.

“We didn’t want to tell people because we did not want to take away from that moment of sharing the gift of music, and also very selfishly I did not want the pressure.”

The show starts at 7pm and tickets, at R130 each, are available at Computicket.

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