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Blantyre gives Patience Namadingo warm reception

Singer and guitarist Patience Namadingo failed to start the launch of his third album Lero at Comesa Hall in Blantyre on time on Saturday night as promised but he did not fail in his performance.

The launch was expected to start at 7.30pm but it delayed for close to one and half hours as the Comesa Hall had also hosted a wedding earlier.

The wedding finished late giving Namadingo and team a tough time to set up their equipment.

Even after setting up the equipment, there were some power glitches which further delayed the launch before the sound check went into gear later and then the performance.

But despite this setback, Namadingo offered an omelet of a performance that satisfied the impressive audience on a night where it rained earlier.

Once again the launch proved one thing, that Malawians are ready to support every artist provided they bring out the best.

The concert also showed that, it’s not the number of artists on the menu which attracts the audience but the seriousness of the acts on the line-up.

Namadingo was the main man on the night with fellow singer and guitarist Faith Mussa as the curtainraiser.

A group known as The Born Ages, which also backed up Namadingo, warmed up the stage on the night before Mussa took over.

Mussa performed for close to one and half hours dishing out several of his songs, including the hit ‘Desperate.’

But it was ‘Pamudzi Pano,’ which has a local flavour which lifted some of the people to the dance floor.

With Mussa raising the bar, the main man Namadingo had no choice but to do the same as the audience waited eagerly for his songs.

The youthful musician received cheers when master of ceremonies Times TV’s presenter Brian Banda announced his coming.

Before he unpacked songs from his new album, Namadingo opened the floor performing with a colleague Joram Nyirongo.

He told the audience that he had composed several songs which he used to perform with Nyirongo some of which were good but did not make it into the album.

Hence he felt it wise to perform some of the songs which did not make it into the album and he killed it off.

The audience enjoyed the songs some of which were strange but they sang along and the one unique thing in Namadingo is that some of the lyrics were simply made right on stage.

After this performance, the artist who shed tears when he was applauding the people who had assisted him throughout this project his parents, who were in attendance, invited his band to the stage for a second set.

First to step up was drummer and producer of the album Amos Mlolowah, who doubled the roles playing the drums and the keyboard and then veteran lead guitarist Collen Ali.

Using a loop system which is now being adopted by artists in the absence of other instruments on the ground, Namadingo gave out his best.

Apart from new tracks, he also dished out songs from his previous albums Goshen and Tili Ndi Yesu.

It was however, the hit ‘Msati Mseke,’ which had almost everyone in the hall singing along.

“I am speechless, I never knew that we would have such a support but I thank God. I am motivated and there is more to come. Next up I want to tour universities and other areas,” said Namadingo, who performed at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe yesterday.

Namadingo said he wants to help change the face of music in the country and that he is now focused on music which has a Malawian identity.

Random interviews with people indicated that they were satisfied saying Namadingo is going in the right direction.

Other songs in the 10 track album include ‘Simsintha,’ ‘Mawu,’ ‘Mozimila,’ ‘Ufulu,’ ‘Chiphaso,’ ‘Malawi,’ and ‘Anamilanzi.’

There was an auction during the launch which saw several people buying the CD at over K30,000 while others including E-Wallet chairperson Felix Njawala buying it at over K100,000.

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