Singer and guitarist Lawi on Wednesday, which was Independence Day, launched his third album titled Thirties which attracted a huge audience at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.
The venue, which in February also hosted Lawi’s fundraising concert driven by Medic to Medic to raise funds to support medical students in need of fees, turned out to be small as it filled to capacity, with some people watching the performances while standing.
Hosted by Chikondi Kasambara, the launch, which was for a cause, saw more people buying the CD for the 24-track album during auction with two highest bidders taking the CD at K1 million each followed by K800,000. There were others who also got the CD at K600,000 and K500,000 with the cut-off point being K50,000. The auction simply raked in millions on the night.
About 10 percent of the proceeds from the launch would be channeled to supporting girls’ education and this follows an agreement with Girls Education Trust.
Girls Education Trust Executive Director Limbikani Kamlongera hailed people for coming out in large numbers to support the show, which was not only for entertainment but a cause.
She later conducted a raffle draw that saw people walking out with prizes that included a trip to Zanzibar in Tanzania.
It was a night when patrons, who were in decent outfits, enjoyed performances starting off with Chancellor College Alumni Choir led by Father Augustine Kaliu, Joyful Souls, which sparkled with their acappella set that included a popular chorus ‘Amayenda ndi Yesu’, then Ethel Kamwendo Banda, who warmed up for Lawi and left the stage on a high after dropping ‘Gwira Yesu’, that had people singing along.
Lawi, as the headliner, opened with a short act featuring Chancellor College Alumni. It was a short act that surprised the audience.
But Chancellor College Alumni still had another opportunity when they collaborated once again with Lawi in the track ‘Zolengedwa Zonse’.
This set came after Lawi backed by his Mango Band, which included Sam Mjura Mkandawire on lead guitar and keyboard, Mozy Moshu Shumba on keyboard, Daud Mussa on saxophone and Chikondi Mbewe on drums, had dished out a few numbers taken from his albums Lawi, Sunset in the Sky and the new baby Thirties.
Some of the songs that he dished out included ‘Timalira’, ‘Galimoto’, ‘Therere’, ‘Amaona Kuchedwa’, ‘Lilongwe’, ‘Diso’, and ‘Phukira’.
“I am humbled with the support that Blantyre has given me. Thirties is a great piece of art and just as I enjoyed working on it, I hope you will also enjoy it,” he said.
Lawi ended his performance on a high note when he invited Piksy to the stage and had the audience buzzing and singing along when he performed the track ‘Anana’ off his latest album Mtunda.
This was a perfect example of artists supporting each other as Piksy was not on the bill but he showed up and was complementing Lawi’s presence during his Mtunda album launches in Blantyre and Lilongwe.
The show’s night was capped with fireworks outside the venue, with the country celebrating its independence.