The empty seats at the Sooma show by Pallaso

Musician Pius Mayanja popularly known as Pallaso will always live to remember last Friday, after his show, ‘Sooma’ aimed at ‘educating’ fans instead ended up with him being taught a lesson.

‘Sooma’ is a Luganda word that loosely translates into ‘learn’. However, an overzealous Pallaso who even had to book the bigger Kyadondo Rugby Grounds, couldn’t believe it when he failed to get even a quarter of the crowd that had attended his previous show at the relatively smaller Freedom City Mall.

And whereas many blamed the poor turn-up at his Sooma show on ‘big headedness’ because of insisting on a date that was so ‘crowded’, some said they had never heard of his new songs including the lead song ‘Sooma’.

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However, many attribute the ‘loss’  to a very eventful week; they argue that a day prior to his show, Lugogo Cricket Oval had hosted Nigerian crooner Wizkid who dug into Pallaso’s fan base of holiday makers.

Worse, on the day of his show, there were over five other big shows among which included one of his former crew mate, Roden Y Kabakl at Laftaz. Nonetheless, Kabakl also suffered the same fate.

The other shows lined up on the same day included the Abryans Fashion Show where South Africa’s Mafikizolo and Nigerian singer Ice Prince were lined up among the performers.

Nigeria’s Timaya also had a show on the same day in Jinja, just like renowned kick boxer Moses Golola’s was fixing a Hungarian.

And the following day had been reserved for the Buzz Teeniez awards.

So, it’s not surprising that Pallaso could only attract a small audience.

However, even this couldn’t stop him from entertaining his few fans that turned up; he entertained them for about an hour and was through by midnight.