Renowned musician Ben Mankhamba gets down to serious business tonight to hold his own live show backed by his Zigzaggers Band and Jenna Sisters at Mibawa Café in Blantyre.
This is the show which marks the start of his live performances having taken a long break and the award winning musician who has dominated the now disbanded Malawi Gin and Kuchekuche Music Trophies in the past years says he is ready for a comeback.
“People have missed my live performances but now I am back and people should brace for more. I have perfected my set and on Friday (tonight) I promise them nothing but the best,” said Mankhamba.
Last week Blantyre-based firm Antelope Multimedia which has been working with different artists in the country, including organising shows, announced that they will be managing Mankhamba.
The move come barely a month after Mankhamba announced that he was making a come back to the stage after a long absence and that he was looking for managers.
The musician said he would like to concentrate on music for now and not bother himself with organising shows.
Antelope Multimedia’s Chikondi Chapambana said on Monday that they are happy to work with Mankhamba who he described as one of the best musicians in the country.
“Ben Mankhamba is a talented musician and his stage work is great. He has been out of the stage for some time and so as Antelope Multimedia we thought of bringing him back hence coming out to manage him,” said Chapambana.
He said they have plans to have Mankhamba famed for the hit ‘Kamba Anga Mwala,’ tour the country.
The artist who in the absence of live performances has also been engaged in road shows in the country promoting Safintra iron sheets said he wants through the concerts to remind the people of his exploits during the time of Love Aquarius Band.
“Love Aquarius was popular then and people used to enjoy its live performances. This is what we want people to see with my comeback. I also would like to thank bands like Black Missionaries and Lucius Banda with his Zembani Band for being there, they have really entertained people and uplifted live shows and so I want to join them,” said Mankhamba.
The artist said he will be strict with time during his live acts saying he is targeting to offer a two and half non-stop performance which will be full of energy.
The artist who in the past years used to be in dreadlocks before cutting it having become a traditional leader has also used his art to reach out to people in his village in Lilongwe as he set up Chingalire Rural Growth Centre.
The centre is running several projects aimed at empowering people in his village including arts.
Mankhamba said the show tonight has even been made bigger as it has been powered by Entertainers Promotions led by Mr Entertainer Jai Banda.
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