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Decent patronage at Soldier, The Doc’s mash-up concert

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Soldier Lucius Banda and Patience The Doc Namadingo starred for the first time at The Dominics in Blantyre, where they treated an impressive audience to a mash-up concert on Christmas Eve.

It was a rare gig for the two musical titans who performed in the commercial city, having first held a mash-up concert in Lilongwe.

The show, which saw people paying K10,000 upon entry, was well organised although there was a lapse on sound output.

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However despite this glitch, the audience enjoyed the night, with artists such as Sam Simakweli, better known as Sam Smack, warming up the stage before Lucius joined him close to midnight, collaborating in the track ‘Kudikila’.

He started off with his own songs and on his set did not skip songs such as ‘Nthawi’ before he took a break to pave the way for his son Johnny, who had his share, offering tracks done by his father.

Having undergone his routine dialysis ahead of the concert, Lucius did not show much energy on the night such that he performed the mash-up with The Doc while sitting down.

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This, however, did not compromise the concert as the two went on to excite the audience with the mash-up, with people singing along throughout.

“We have to be proud as Malawians for the achievements that The Doc has made for Malawi. He has put the country in the limelight. We had our time and tried to push but this is The Doc’s time and that of others,” Lucius said earlier before the mash-up.

He hailed people after the performance, which spilled over to the early hours of Saturday.

“We would like to thank people of Blantyre for the support. We never imagined that they would come out like this but they have given us support and we don’t take it for granted.

“This has just given us food for thought that if we can be more organised, people are willing to pay more for shows,” Lucius, who also dished out songs such as ‘Zakukhosi’ and ‘Mzimu wa Gadama’, said.

Lucius took advantage of the mash-up concert to thank people for their support during the time he was unwell.

“It has been tough for my family but people have been there and they have shown us love in various ways. I just want to wish them the very best of the festive season,” he said.

The audience could not let go of Patience after the mash-up as he was forced to perform some of his songs despite not having rehearsals with Zembani Band.

With Sam Smack on keyboard and Patience’s producer Amos Mlolowa manning the drums, the Zambia-based musician managed to dish out a number of his songs including ‘Mtendere,’ ‘Sakaka’ and ‘Mtendere.’

Patience embraced the band at the end, acknowledging their work during his performance.

Nepman took over thereafter, with Sam Smack stepping in again to close the curtain.

Gift Tembo, a resident of Chilomoni, said he enjoyed the mash-up.

“It was good; the only setback for me was the sound. The output was poor; they could have done better, being a big show involving two top artists, but, all in all, I enjoyed it,” Tembo said.

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