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Blacks speak on frequent shows

Despite calls by some quarters that Black Missionaries should slow down on their frequent outings to keep them fresh, the reggae group said on Sunday that they manage themselves well.

The group’s lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani said their duty is to entertain people but also disseminate information through music, adding that they rest from Monday to Thursday and hold performances during weekend.

“As musicians, we strive to entertain our fans but also at the same time disseminate information. This is our office and we make sure we practise at the right time and rest at the right time and then have performances over the weekend,” he said.

Some people have said the group’s frequent shows have led to the band giving out the same soup.

But random interviews with some fans said they had no problems with Black Missionaries holding shows week in, week out as they enjoy their live acts.

Black Missionaries had three performances over the weekend, one in Balaka, another in Mangochi with the last one at Ozone Refreshment Centre in Machinjiri, Blantyre on Sunday.

The show at Ozone Refreshment Centre pulled a massive audience.

“We are always thankful to people for the support which we don’t take for granted. We are here today because of the people and this is why we do our best in every show,” Anjiru said.

The lead singer also took time out to say that they did not manage to record a song with Jamaican artist Kenyatta Hill.

Kenyatta, son to reggae maestro Joseph Hill, who had two performances at Mibawa in Blantyre and Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on June 2 and 3 respectively had indicated that he was impressed with Black Missionaries.

He revealed that he would record a song with them but Anjiru said due to the tight schedule, they did not.

“The programme is still there but we could not record here because of Kenyatta’s busy schedule. But what we agreed is that since Kenyatta is a producer, he will do everything,”Anjiru said.

He also told the audience that Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa, who also performed at the show, will be recording a new album this year.

“People should look forward to this album and again Khonzie Masimbe is also recording an album,” he said.

Bassist Peter Amidu said as Black Missionaries, they will continue to offer best live acts.

“Our performances are lively because we always put extra gear in our rehearsals and we strive to bring something different,” Amidu said.

Keyboardist Chizondi Fumulani, who has just turned 30, also said people have always been supportive.

“We just want to thank God for being with us, it’s been a long way to be where we are today and then people have been there, encouraging and motivating us,” Chizondi said.

Many of the secular shows billed to start in the afternoon have ended up going all the way to the night and it was the same with this show.

Blacks belted out several songs from their Kuimba albums and there was even a moment they collaborated with Annie Matumbi.

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