Dan Sibale brings Mtebeti Wambali to HS Winehouse


Saxophonist Dan Sibale on Sunday performed at HS Winehouse in Blantyre where he rekindled memories of legendary musician Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire’s exploits, offering a few numbers.

Sibale also took time out to play some of the songs by Manyasa, a group that used to star with Wambali from their album Up and Down the Shire.

Wambali died in January this year.


The audience listened attentively to the Lilongwe-based artist, who at one moment also invited renowned drummer and producer Amos Mlolowa to perform the track ‘Wona’ from the album Up and Down the Shire.

Sibale was on point with his saxophone that impressed the audience although some got glued to the Manchester derby which was being played at the time.

Sibale, who has performed with artists such as Soldier Lucius Banda and Lulu, has what it takes to give the nation powerful acts but he just needs to remain positive and breathe in more seriousness into his performances.


“I am happy to perform here. It’s been some time and this is just the beginning of more things to come,” he said.

This was the second event for HS Winehouse to host since it re-opened its doors to arts activities to give a platform to artists to showcase their talents after a long break due to Covid and also give people a chance to get rid of stress.

Having had comedy and music the first Sunday, HS Winehouse decided to give people another musical treat from Sibale and Tawonga Taddja Nkhonjera.

Host ethno-musician Waliko Makhala, famed for what he dubs ‘bush music or uncivilised music’, opened the stage before Nkhonjera took over and then Sibale.

The climax of the concert saw all the three acts come together in a jam session that also involved the audience before another up-and-coming artist by the name of Willard took over to offer covers.

The event went on until late on as people still wanted to enjoy the night and experience more fun.

HS Winehouse publicist Emmanuel Maliro said they were happy with the response they have received so far.

“We would like to thank all those who patronised the event tonight. As we indicated, we will be doing this every Sunday and we will make sure that we try as much as possible to bring a variety of art performances. These being early times, we are still trying to improve,” Maliro said.

He maintained that, although there was a decrease in Covid cases in the country, they would continue to observe the precautionary measures.

“Safety of people is our priority and, as such, we will always make sure we maintain the less than 50 people and will only loosen when the situation normalises,” Maliro said.

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