Reggae groups Black Missionaries and Wailing Brothers on Friday night shared the stage during the launch of Toza Matafale’s album Cry 2 at Motel Paradise in Blantyre.
With the launch bringing on board these two reggae groups, expectations were high that more people would show up and fill every space in the Motel Paradise hall but it was not to be.
But the audience was much of an improvement compared to the launch of The Magic Of You recently by another upcoming musician Mayeso Thomas at the same venue.
And those who came enjoyed the reggae vibes until the early hours of Saturday with Black Missionaries sealing off the acts.
The sound was perfectly tight on the day with all the artists doing their best.
“We are here to launch the album of our brother Toza Matafale, let us support him just as you have done with Black Missionaries and other Chileka siblings. We are where we are today because of your support, without you we are nothing,” Anthony Makondetsa said.
Popularly known as Mr Cool, Makondetsa, who has enjoyed support from people because of his meaty compositions and sparkling performances, dished out several songs from his albums including Mu Yuda off his Fuko Lokondedwa.
“It is not easy to launch an album and for Toza to come out, he has shown his seriousness and his music is good and he can only excel if he is supported,” Makondetsa said.
Toza, a brother to reggae ace Evison Matafale, who was celebrated yesterday in Chileka during an annual memorial show recorded his Cry 2 at Greener Arts Studio in Blantyre.
Despite having the stage experience, Toza still needs to up himself to make his performances lively as he still lacks the energy and creativity.
Stage work also demands more energy which lacks in Toza.
His 12-track album has songs such as Wanga Wa Ine, Ku Zion, Dzuka Tawona and he revisited his brother’s song Poison So Sweet.
The soft-spoken artist was assisted by Wailing Brothers to record Cry 2.
“As Wailing Brothers we are always there to support upcoming artists and this is why we have upcoming artists in our band. The aim is to grow the industry. This is why we also took time out to be here and support our brother,” said Takudziwani Chokani, Wailing Brothers’ lead guitarist.
Black Missionaries’ lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani also called on people to support Toza.
“The album has good songs; your support is needed just as you have done with Black Missionaries. We always value your support,” Anjiru said.
He also took time out to tell the audience that Black Missionaries and Wailing Brothers were all one and that there was no bad blood between them as some people have put it.
“We are all members of one family. We drink from the same calabash and so there is no bad blood between us,” he said.
Just as the other artists had done, Blacks offered a razor sharp performance serving several songs from their Kuimba albums before bowing out.
“I have enjoyed the performances. Toza is good, I have listened to some songs, he has his own touch and style although he still needs the punch in his songs,” said Bright Tembo.
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