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3 countries encounter in Blantyre music showdown

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CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC—King Sweet

Lilongwe-based musician Skeffa Chimoto and Real Sounds Band on Friday night shared the stage with B1 from Zambia and King Sweet from Mozambique at Club 24/7 in Blantyre in a rare concert that connected three countries through music.

Despite having a Mozambican artist on the menu, the gig, dubbed Malawi Na Zambia, is part of the Malawi Na Zambia tour which started two weeks ago and continues this coming weekend.

Unlike B1, real name Bruce Simbwalanga, who last visited the country in 2019 and has been in Malawi a couple of times, it was a different story for the Mozambican artist, who is seeking a Malawian fan base.

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As host, Skeffa, better known as Jamming Machine for his lively stage performances, opened the dance floor with a short performance before inviting the Mozambican artist and later B1.

“Music brings people together regardless of the language. Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia are close and, so, most of the things we do are common. Thank you for giving support to my brother from Mozambique and I am sure you have appreciated his talent,” Skeffa, said after the Mozambican artist performed.

And just to show that Mozambique was close to Malawi, King Sweet greeted the audience in Chichewa upon his entry and some of the tracks he offered were in Chichewa.

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Although he did not wow the audience like Skeffa and B1 did, King Sweet, backed by Real Sounds Band, proved that he has potential.

“I would like to thank Skeffa for giving me a chance to perform. I am new to you but you have embraced my music and I hope to come back. Skeffa and other Malawian musicians are popular in Mozambique. I have been inspired by Skeffa,” King Sweet told the audience.

B1, famed for songs such as ‘Shishala’ and ‘Kwa George’, jumped on stage in the early hours of Saturday and treated the audience to several of his songs, with people singing along.

“I love Malawi, this is my second home. I was here in 2019. The support I receive here is out of this world and it shows we are one (Malawi and Zambia),” the artist, who was accompanied by two backing artists, said.

He performed for close to two hours non-stop and, apart from ‘Kwa George’, a love song that enjoyed airplay in 2019 in the country and ‘Shishala’, other songs he dished out included ‘Perfecto’, ‘Sikiriti’, ‘Kalata’ and ‘Motoka’.

B1 ended his performance with a promise to the audience that he would come back and paved the way for Skeffa, who performed for some time until 4am.

The three artists also performed at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe on Saturday night before dating Karonga District yesterday.

At the show, there were also performances from Thomas Zimitsani, who treated people to a number of covers including those of Lucky Dube and Dan Muyaya.

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