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Chris Kele honoured at Madalitso’s warm-up gig

Madalitso Band during one of their performances

ICONIC GUITARIST—Kele

Madsoc Theatre in Lilongwe last Friday took advantage of Madalitso Band warm-up concert ahead of their fifth European tour next month to celebrate the life of musician and producer Chris Kele, who died in South Africa last Wednesday.

The group’s co-manager Neil Nayar, who also performed, said Chris Kele, whose remains are yet to come home, had been a friend of Madsoc Theatre.

“The host, Madsoc Theatre, at the start of the concert honoured Chris Kele by talking about his life and connection to theatre and I personally performed a song I wrote for my aunt when she passed on and I sang it in his honour,” Nayar said.

Last Saturday, musicians Ben Mankhamba and Erik Paliani also celebrated Kele, who produced music for several artists, both local and international.

Despite not being well-known in the country, Madalitso Band has kept its signature alive outside the country and they are set to have their fifth European tour, where they will hold 50 shows spread across countries such as France, Switzerland and, United Kingdom.

“The show gave us that excited feeling. For most of the year, we do not have many shows here at home but now we are set for 50 gigs. So, this show, more or less, gave us a feeling of excitement as departure day gets close. Of course, the international shows are different because Madalitso music is so unique out there and on Friday there was some dancing,” he said.

Nayar said, in Europe, there will be a lot more as Madalitso also gears to release their new album in June under Bongo Joe Records.

He said the next step for artists in the country was to search for international events that showcase the type of music they do.

“For Madalitso Band, that was Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar. But a hip-hop artist should be looking for international hip-hop events. A reggae band should be looking for international reggae festivals. It is best to start applying for festivals and events in Southern Africa. You got to step out of Malawi but, probably, the best is to start with neighbouring countries,” he said.

Madalitso Band leaves the country on May 4 2022 with the first show in Lyon, France. They are expected back on July 20 2022.

The group is also expected to perform in the United States in September this year.

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