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Veteran Kenya-based gospel singer Chrissie Kamthunzi on Sunday afternoon put up a spirited performance during the launch of her eighth album Angathe at Robins Park in Blantyre.

This was also part of the singer’s celebration of 20 years in the music industry since she turned solo.

The launch received a poor turnout but this did not put off the veteran singer as she belted out a good performance that kept people on the dance floor throughout.

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The launch also brought in a unique audience dominated by people of the older generation.

Before Kamthunzi’s entry, the backing team was the first to step on stage and went on to start a song and then Kamthunzi still in the background joined in singing.

People were asking themselves as to where Kamthunzi was? It took some minutes as the song went on before she appeared.

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She actually came in using the main entrance which people use when getting in the 2,000 plus capacity hall and not the back stage and received cheers from the audience.

The singer, who first launched the album in South Africa before coming down to Malawi, made some stops whilst singing and waving the audience before she made way to the stage to join her backing team.

Being a launch, the singer was beautifully dressed so was her backing team and Malimba Band which donned her T-shirts.

She sang with power and communicated well with her backing team although there were some gaps which indicated there was need for more rehearsals to jell.

“I love you all and I am thankful that you came to support me. It’s been a long journey in music and actually I am celebrating 20 years,” said the singer.

Several people came in to buy the album including Kamthunzi’s brother Peter Tikiwa and guest of honour magistrate Esme Tembenu, who surprised people when she said this was her first time to attend such a show.

“I have been watching Chrissie Kamthunzi’s music videos but I am happy to watch her live. Her music have blessed many and I am even impressed with her song ‘Women of Africa,’ where she talks about the power of women,” said Tembenu.

She also called upon people not to look down upon women saying they have all what it takes to lead in different platforms including preaching the word of God.

Kamthunzi came for the second time and this time dressed in traditional attire, rekindled memories of her past exploits when she dished out some of her old renditions among them ‘M’khale Woyamba,’ and ‘Wokondedwa.’

This was a performance of international class and she finished performing way late with people still not wanting to let go of her.

Earlier on, the singer introduced her mother Flossie Tikiwa to the audience saying she was happy that she made it to the launch and even took time to dance with her on stage.

Kamthunzi’s mother was all happy with her daughter’s performance.

“I do not have much to say rather than saying I am happy and very happy to watch my daughter perform and I have been blessed,” she said.

The launch was spiced by performances of some gospel musicians of her time and they included Eliza Kachali Kaunda, Allan Ngumuya, Wycliffe Chimwendo, Ethel Kamwendo Banda and Ndirande Anglican Voices.

“We started music long time ago but she is still energetic and you saw how she was going about her business,” said Chimwendo famed for songs ‘Afafaniza,’ and ‘Wanga Ndi Yesu.’

Kamthunzi, who was expected to leave for Kenya yesterday, said she has plans to hold performances in other areas.

“This is just the beginning; I have plans to perform in Lilongwe and Mzuzu as well as other places. Otherwise this album is finally launched,” she said.

With ‘Angathe’, Kamthunzi said the message is all about exalting God that he is able and that he never fails.

The other songs in her 10-track album are ‘Alemekezeke,’ ‘Chibonga Chanu,’ ‘Jobu,’ ‘Mchere,’ ‘Wandidzodza,’ ‘Woyera,’ and ‘You Are Lord.’

Her previous albums are Kuunika, Zikomo, M’khale Woyamba, Wokondedwa, Mbuye Wanga, Women of Africa and Asante Bwana.

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