Alleluya Band old guards, who included Soldier Lucius Banda and his brother Sir Paul, were last weekend recognised alongside other players for their immense contribution to the evangelisation of the word of God at Balaka Parish for the past 44 years.
Lucius, who starred in Alleluya Band for years before going his own path as a solo artist and later formed Zembani, described the day on his Facebook page as full of tears of joy and happiness.
“It was a day full of tears of joy and happiness when all people who have helped in the evangelisation of the word of the Lord at Balaka Parish for the past 44 years gathered together in a Holy Communion. Members of the original Alleluya Band were there,” he said.
Former Alleluya Band leader Coss Chiwalo, who is still performing in the group, said the event recognised the works of different players including priests.
“It was a special moment and we received certificates,” Chiwalo said.
Other members who were recognised, apart from Lucius and Paul, included one of the group’s founders Father Mario Pacifici, Charles Sinetre, Noel Makadali, Elias Kamoto, Isaac Liwotcha, Samson Chikoti, Vincent Kachingwe, Mirella Nkhoma Chatha, Paul Subili Rodrick Valamanja and Adam Douglas.
The others are Father Gamba Pigiorgio, Father Angaelo Assolari, Sister Luisa, Rosario Nkhoma and Bazirio Murowa.
Sinetre, popularly known as Reggae Ambassador, also described the day as special.
“This has even come at the right time as I recently celebrated 33 years since having my first big show. It was on 3rd May 1989 when Pope John Paul II visited the country. I performed the song ‘Takulandirani Kuno ku Malawi Apapa’. This was my first composition,” Sinetre said.
Alleluya Band has been in existence for over 40 years and continues to spread the word of God through music.