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Alleluya Band eye Italy, Portugal trips

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Balaka-based musical group Alleluya Band on Thursday announced that they are set to travel to Italy where they will hold over 40 shows and thereafter proceed to Lisbon in Portugal for the World Youth gathering which will be attended by the Pope.

The group, that debuted at Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre last Thursday, travels to Italy in June this , having failed to do so for the past two years due to Covid.

“The Italy trip is part of our routine and annual outings which give us an opportunity to sell Malawi to Europe and, at the same time, we use it to raise funds for different projects at Andiamo,” Alleluya Band leader Paul Subili said.

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He said they were excited and looking forward to the tour of Italy as well as their participation at the World Youth gathering in Lisbon.

“We are leaving in June and, from there, we will proceed to the World Youth gathering where the Pope will be in attendance. We are prepared,” Subili, popularly known as Njobvu yaku Balaka for his energetic performances, said.

He said that they also have other warm-up performances ahead of the trip to Italy and Portugal.

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“There is another show where I will be celebrating my 45th birthday and also 45th anniversary of Alleluya Band and, so, there is so much to give to the people before we leave for Europe, from where we will come back end July or early August,” Subili said.

Coss Chiwalo, who is one of the oldest members the group alongside lead guitarist Samson Chikoti, also said they were looking forward to giving people in Europe the best of Malawian sound.

“We have sets when we are performing and one of them is where members such as myself perform their own songs and then we have Alleluya Band songs and then we also have a session where we play songs by other artists such as Soldier Lucius Banda and Sir Paul Banda, who were part of Alleluya Band,” Chiwalo said.

The old-timer, who rekindled memories of his exploits when he delivered songs such as ‘Amakonda Aliyense’ and ‘Afisi Aku Ntcheu’, said the Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session accorded them an opportunity to show the audience part of what they will offer in Europe.

Alleluya Band mesmerised during the show that attracted an impressive audience.

During the show, Chiwalo also introduced to the audience his daughter Anna, who is part of the group, having pursued music at Music Crossroads Academy in Lilongwe.

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