Collaborate with us, Lucky Stars tells budding artists


Legendary musician Boniface Ndamera of the Lucky Stars Band, famed for the hit ‘Chinafuna M’bale’, on Thursday bemoaned lack of interest from budding artists and the youth to learn playing of traditional instruments such as banjo.

Ndamera said many up-and-coming artists are only obsessed with modern technology where music is recorded using computers and have no interest in fusing in traditional instruments that have authentic sound.

He said this during a Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session showcase at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre which attracted an impressive audience.


“I wish budding artists utilised us; we can even collaborate so us to keep our music alive but many are not interested. They feel everything in us is old fashioned and therefore not fit for this present generation. But you can’t run away from us because we have real traditional music,” Ndamera said.

He later took his banjo (traditional guitar) and played it for the audience to appreciate the beauty of its sound.

“Many up-and-coming artists are lazy and that is why they are so obsessed with music recorded using computers because everything is there. Much us we need this, we also should not forget our roots and this is what is going to sell us out there,” Ndamera said during a question-and-answer session.


Some quarters during the event said it was high time the music of legends such as Ndamera was documented and their stories told for the current generation to learn from.

Host of the event Waliko Makhala, a renowned ethno-musician engaged the audience to discuss more about the country’s music and, at one time, even asked people to make contributions towards recording of Ndamera’s songs.

Just like other musicians, Ndamera excited people with his performance and showed that he has more fuel in his tank.

Apart from ‘Chinafuna M’bale’, Ndamera offered other songs journeying with people across the country showing the richness of sounds of Malawi.

Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session has proved to be a vital stage for musicians in the country since it started three years ago and has featured several well-known artists.

It starts with individual performances before moving on to a showcase. The showcase gives a chance to people who missed individual performances to watch all the artists perform together.

This showcase featured Ndamera, Agorosso, John Fire and Goma Nyondo.

Agorosso, real name Lloyd Phaundi, took advantage of the showcase to criticise leaders for their gluttony saying good governance was the only way to satisfy people.

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