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By Sam Banda Jnr:

Chimbewa perform on Saturday

Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre on Saturday night hosted a fundraising show that attracted a low patronage.

Organised by Trio Kalibu, a newly-established project supported by Dapp Amalika Teacher Training College based in Thyolo and initiated by volunteers Sara and Greta, the show brought artists such as Code Sangala, Annemarie Quinn, veteran Patrick Simakweli, Hayze, Muhanya and Nsansi player Patrick Chimbewa.

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It was a platform that saw a diversity of sound that kept the stage lively.

Simakweli was the first to hit the stage as he offered songs that were originally done by other artists such as the popular song ‘Napoli’.

Armed with his acoustic guitar, Simakweli, who also plays with a band at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre, offered a solo performance that had the audience listening attentively.

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He also took time out to dish out a short song that hits at those killing and abducting people living with albinism.

“I hate these people, they are bad people. People living with albinism have a right to life and are just like any other,” Simakweli.

Chimbewa was next on the menu and with his Nsansi, he showed the beauty of traditional instruments when he played it with ease, producing an attractive sound.

The Dowa-based artist, opened his account with gospel songs, praising the Lord before ending his set with secular tracks.

Taught by legendary Nsansi player Charles Mkanthama, Chimbewa, who is also a product of the Forde Traditional and World Music Festival Talent 2016 project, has expanded his music base by adding several gears to his collection.

The artist used to play only the Nsansi but he has managed to develop it by adding the Nemba which he blows like a trumpet to strength his sound.

Chimbewa also has other percussion instruments which he plays using his feet.

“I am still learning but the idea is to continue creating new things and also show the beauty of traditional instruments. I am also happy to be a part of this fundraising show,” Chimbewa said.

Youthful urban artist Hayze also showed his prowess on the night.

There was also performances from Muhanya, Code and Annemarie Quinn, who closed the chapter.

Code and Annemarie, who have teamed up to fight malaria through music under the Music Against Malaria project, said they were happy to be part of another project that is aimed at helping in developing the country.

“It is a good cause and that is why I decided to be a part of it and I have enjoyed the night,” Code said.

Annemarie, who is from United Kingdom but is currently based in the country, also said she enjoyed herself on the night.

“It was a good platform with great sound. I am looking forward to doing more and also working with Malawian artists,” Annemarie said.

One of the organisers of the show, Greta, said they were satisfied with the performances although they would have loved to have a good audience.

“The show is part of the fundraising activities we have to start constructing more buildings for preschools,” Greta said.

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