Reggae Ambassador Charles Sinetre, who is one of the members of Get Well Soon Club seeking to raise funds for legendary musicians Sir Paul Banda and Isaac Liwotcha to undergo treatment, on Saturday hailed people for their support towards the cause.
The club wants to raise about K20 million for Sir Paul and Liwotcha to go for treatment outside the country or top hospitals in the country.
Sir Paul Banda has heart and kidney problem while Liwotcha has a problem with bones.
Get Well Soon Club, which also has artists such as veteran Coss Chiwalo and others who have been trained by Sir Paul held their first fundraiser at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall in Blantyre on Saturday.
The fundraiser, beamed live on Mibawa Television and online platforms, attracted an impressive audience and also got support from people in and outside the country.
Sinetre, who gave out an energetic performance during the show backed by Alleluya Band, said he was short of words for the support from people and that they would strive to be transparent.
“We just planned this show but God has fulfilled it. People have supported us. We will look at the money we have collected and give a report taking into consideration that the initiative is on-going,” he said.
Sinetre, who delivered songs like ‘Amadikira’ and ‘Saulo’ before ending his set with a prayer of a cover of Buchi’s ‘It is Well’, said they are planning to go to the Central Region.
“We still have a long way to go to raise the money, hence looking at more shows. We would like to thank Mibawa and all other stakeholders for the support,” he said.
Sir Paul and Liwotcha fundraiser came barely a week after Mibawa also hosted fallen artists’ concert.
The fundraiser, which spilled over to the early hours of yesterday, lived up to its billing, with artists putting up splendid performances to honour Sir Paul Banda and wish him a quick recovery.
But it was Alleluya Band which stole the limelight winning the hearts of many people in the hall and online with their electric performance and proved that they do not compromise on their live acts.
Their Balaka account opened with Sean Taferakaso, who took people down memory lane with the late Paul Chaphuka’s songs before Pat A Big Tung’ande took over.
It has been sometime since Pat A Big Tung’ande, famed for the hit ‘Ana Anachisale’ which was part of his line-up, performed.
This was his first performance at Mibawa and, having been trained by Sir Paul, he thought of being part of the cause.
“A good show. We just had to do it for Sir Paul,” Tung’ande, who also showed his skills on drums playing for Sinetre, said.
Chiwalo, Alleluya Band’s former leader and one of the oldest members, offered a different set in his routine as he took up the mantle of Sir Paul and, armed with the guitar, he offered some of his numbers such as ‘Mudzisankhire Njira’.
Chiwalo, who paved the way for Father Augustine Kaliu, had to re-do one of the songs following Sunduzwayo Madise’s request and he had to play his own song ‘Makolo’ through another request.
Alleluya Band leader Paul Subiri also proved the name ‘Njobvu za ku Balaka’ with his powerful set but missing was his partner Rod Valamanja as he offered songs like ‘Anali ndi Cholinga’.
Earlier, the audience also got blessed with performances from, among others, Martha Mituka, Favoured Martha and Ethel Kamwendo Banda.
The concert was closed by Zembani Band crew of Johnny Mr Zembani Banda, Nepman and Sam Simakweli.