Anthu Ambiri show suffers setback


A rescheduled show at Premier Lodge in Blantyre organised by Anthu Ambiri Band to placate their fans for a disorganised show at the same venue last month failed to pull an attractive audience.
The show was meant to start in the afternoon but with fans not showing up, it was pushed to the night with only a few making it despite a rich line-up of veteran artists.
Legendary Paul Banda led the line-up which also had forgotten artists Enot Spear Mbandambanda and Vincent Kachingwe, Thomas Chenkhumba Chibade, Rod Valamanja, Kanthu Kalinda alias Kaka and Daniel Kaliwo popularly known as DNA.
Chibade, who announced recently that he is working on a new album, had time to perform songs done by other artists including Joseph Nkasa’s song.
Having performed with Alleluya Band for over 10 years, Kachingwe took a break but now he is back and will be backing Paul.
“I am excited to be back, it’s been long but I am still around and music will always be part of me,” Kachingwe said.
Kachingwe has one song to his credit ‘Ana Anga,’ which is in Alleluya 20 album.
Spear Mbandambanda also said he was back in full force and hailed Paul for fishing him from where he was.
“I was surely forgotten but Paul Banda, Kaka and others have made it possible for me to come back. I am excited and I enjoyed the show although we didn’t have a big audience,” said the artist, who dropped two songs.
He further said that he has lots of songs he would love to record but his wallet is dry, hence he cannot afford to go to the studio and record with some renowned producers.
Paul, a brother to Lucius Banda, who has helped several artists through the Imbirani Yahwe Studio, said he enjoyed the show although not many people showed up.
“We would have loved to have more people but it seems we didn’t do well on the organisation. This show was put for us to say sorry to the audience after we disappointed them last time only to have no audience. All I can say is that when we put up such shows, people should support us,” said the ‘Malilime’ star.
The old-timer armed with his lead guitar impressed during the show as he dished out several songs from his many albums and even had time to enter a reggae session offering songs such as ‘Zonse Nzabwino’ and ‘Ndakhala Naye’.
Valamanja also had his share dishing out songs from his albums with Paul Subiri.
“People should watch the space as we will be working on a new album once Paul Subiri is back from Italy in August,” he said.
The soft-spoken musician, who with his colleague Subiri have been nicknamed Njobvu Ziwiri zaku Balaka for their music exploits, said they were disappointed with the turnout.
“It was disappointing that we didn’t have a big audience but those who came enjoyed. I guess the poor turnout is because we did not do much on promotion,” he said.
Kaka, who is the bandleader opened the night while DNA of the ‘Ukandipepesele’ fame performed close to midnight soon after Paul’s performance.

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