Chileka – based reggae group Black Missionaries returned to the stage after a long break due to Covid-19 pandemic starting off with a show at Zitherepano in Mangochi on Friday before dating Club 9 in Zomba the following day.
The two shows attracted massive audiences with the group offering songs from their Kuimba albums.
Ma Blacks as they are popularly known also used the two shows to sensitise people about the pandemic which has claimed lives globally.
In both shows, the reggae group was given a tumultuous welcome, an indication that people live acts.
The group went on a break following a rise of cases of the pandemic which forced the government to put up restrictions including a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people.
However, return to the stage before the government has loosened the restrictions and this according to the group’s band leader Anjiru Fumulani, has come because cases have gone down of late.
Anjiru has since maintained that despite the cases going down, they will continue to take the necessary precautionary measures during their shows as well as sensitise people about the pandemic.
“We need to continue washing hands and frequently wearing masks we put on masks as advised by health authorities. This is the only way we can fight the pandemic as well as avoid spreading the virus. In all our shows, we will make sure that we observe these measures,” Fumulani said.
At Club 9, Blacks performed for close to three hours Songs they dished out include ‘We Are Chosen’, ‘Choka Satana’, ‘Yang’ana Nkhope’, ‘Dalo’, ‘Ndamusowa’, ‘Ngooneka Bwanji’, ‘Sapitanawo’, ‘Timba’, ‘Olenga Dzuwa’, ‘Mlomo’, and ‘Mwana wa Munthu’.
Before Black Missionaries took to the stage, Zomba-based group Malawi Police Orchestra Band warmed up the stage before paving way for Moda Fumulani.
The other acts that performed on the night included Khozie Masimbe and Yanjanani Chumbu.
Anthony Makondetsa was next before Black Missionaries closed the curtain.
Makondetsa popularly known as Mr Cool raised the tempo of the show as he offered some of his tracks including ‘Sekulu’, ‘Ndilibe Mlandu’, ‘Ndidzakasimba’, ‘Mbumba Ya Abraham’, ‘Ndagwira Mbendera’ and ‘Philadelphia’.
Anjiru said, after the show, that they were happy to be back on stage after such a long break.
“We are not stopping here. We are hosting Lucius Banda and Zembani Band next week. We just want to urge people to continue observing Covid-19 prevention measures,” Chalera said.
One of the fans, Kester Chipengule, said she enjoyed the show.