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Artists in the country continue to divide fans with their gigs with the latest clash being on Sunday in Blantyre where legendary musician Paul Banda will be launching his first ever DVD The Best of Sir Paul Banda at BAT Ground.

And on the same day his brother, Lucius, popularly known as Soldier with his Zembani Band alongside Lambanie Dube, Sam Simakweli and Nepman will be at Ozone Refreshment Centre in Machinjiri.

And as, this is not enough, musician Theo Thomson will on the same day be launching his album White Elephant at Robins Park in Blantyre.

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Theo, who last Saturday performed at Polytechnic in Blantyre during an urban music bash, told the audience to patronise the launch adding that he was prepared.

“I am ready for the launch, I can’t wait to get on stage and I call on people to come in large numbers,” said the Kutentha star.

Theo’s manager Prince Chikweba said recently that it was unfortunate that shows would be clashing on Sunday in Blantyre.

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“It’s not healthy surely but we had no choice, the date was already planned and we can’t change it now,” said Chikweba.

Theo’s launch will be spiced up by performances from Dali, Daredevils, Sangie, Bucci and Faith Mussa, who features in Theo’s song Maybe Tomorrow, which is part of the album.

Theo admits that he went all across the board with White Elephant and that the 15-track collection has mature songs that tackle various issues affecting the society.

The three shows might be happening in different places and targeting different audiences but surely, Malawi is a small country where artists depend on the same audience unlike bigger countries.

Last weekend also saw reggae groups Wailing Brothers and Black Missionaries performing in Dwangwa but at different places.

Paul will be launching his DVD having first launched it at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe last month where his brother Lucius was in attendance although he also had a show in Mchinji the same night.

Lucius performed during the launch in Lilongwe.

“Lucius is not part of the launch this time around. I am performing with other artists such as San B, Favoured Martha, Joseph Nkasa, Kaka, Rod Valamanja and Ethel Kamwendo Banda,” said the veteran singer. Before his performance at BAT Ground, Paul will also launch the DVD at Balaka Stadium tomorrow.

The launch will be spiced up by performances from The Great Angels Choir, which also performed during his launch in Lilongwe, Joseph Nkasa, Rod Valamanja, Symon and Kendall, who also performed in Lilongwe and Mr Jokes.

“It’s a weekend I am looking forward to I have been polishing up the gaps which were there in Lilongwe. I just want to call upon people to come in large numbers and celebrate with me as I launch my first ever DVD,” said Paul.

In Lilongwe, the veteran musician performed with Alleluya Band but this time around he will perform with Anthu Ambiri Band.

Alleluya Band is currently preparing for its tour of Italy and Poland. The group leaves on June 7 and is expected back in August.

Anthu Ambiri Records Director Zachariah Jezzman is the one, who convinced Paul to work on this DVD which he said is part of preserving his works for the sake of the younger generation.

“All is set for the launch of the DVD in Balaka and Blantyre. Paul and Anthu Ambiri Band is set. I am excited but I say Malawians let’s support him by buying his original works and not pirated copies,” said Jezzman yesterday.

The DVD which also has Paul’s interview explaining his life and journey in music, has songs from his albums dating back to 1978 through to 1994.

The songs in the DVD include Malilime, Mudzisankhire Njira,Konzani Moyo Chimwemwe, Mtendere, Mudzigona Kunyumba, Zonse Nzabwino,’ Zikomo Mayi, and Chikondi.

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