Code in traditional music mingle
Code Sangala and The Tribe Band returned to the stage after a long break, performing at HS Winehouse in Blantyre.
Once again, the former Big Brother Africa (BBA) representative showed that he values traditional music when he offered traditional sounds from his music.
“I love traditional music because this is what defines who we are. This is music which has our identity and I am happy to take this journey and there is more that I am doing,” Code said.
He described it as not the most popular music when urban sound has taken centre stage.
“But we need to recognise music which is authentic. I would like to represent such music and the next generation needs to know this,” Code, who is co-founder of Music against Malaria, said.
Featuring Anthony Supriano on percussions, Manyozo Tchado on lead guitar and Stanley on bass, Code delivered a fine set that had people singing along to some of the songs.
On his line-up included songs like ‘Kumadziore’, and ‘Tithana’ from Solo – The Album, ‘Chisoso’ and ‘Asewera Ndine’ from Mizu album and ‘Mukunama’.
And by the audience’s demand, Code could not skip the anthem ‘Kwathu ku Ndirande’, from the album Kwathu ku Ndirande which rekindled memories of Code’s exploits with Kapirintiya alongside his brother Shadre before he went solo.
He also had time to perform songs like ‘Agwidwa Njakata’.
“Things have not been that good with Covid. The arts industry has been affected with no shows due to a ban on gatherings but I am happy to perform today,” he said.
The singer and guitarist, who has overtime revisited old songs done by other artists, had time to collaborate with female act Codi, real name Chikondi Suleman, in the track ‘Mkazi wa Chingoni’.
Having performed at the venue last Sunday, Codi made herself available again and, despite being part of the audience, she was invited to the stage.
There was also a surprise package for the audience in Kelvin Maigwa, who is also creator of Nganga cartoon in The Daily Times.
Host Waliko Makhala, who has also had his share of performances at the venue, invited Maigwa to the stage after Code had made a short water break.
Maigwa, who is also a police officer, offered two songs including the popular ‘Phala’ which speaks volume of porridge being the number one food which everyone has eaten.
HS Winehouse has opened its venue to artists with its activities every Sunday which have so far featured a number of renowned names including Lulu, Waliko Makhala, legendary poet Benedicto Wokoma-atani Malunga and Faith Mussa.
“We will continue with this trend and we are happy with the progress so far. We want a variety of artists and not only musicians,” publicist Emmanuel Maliro said.