Defiant Blacks back on stage

Set to drop new songs next month


Chileka reggae group Black Missionaries, alongside Anthony Makondetsa, on Friday defied government orders on Covid-19 pandemic to end a two month live performance break.

Government recently, through the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, asked Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) to discourage its members from resuming live performances as one way of reducing the spread of coronavirus.

However, the reggae group on Friday went ahead to have a live performance at Club 24/7 in Blantyre before dating Davido Lounge in Mangochi the following day.


“I am happy to patronise a Blacks show. I missed the group and live performances,” Elizabeth Thom, a resident of Lunzu, who patronised the 24/7 gig, said.

The group had said ahead of the three shows that they would follow all the other precautionary measures in the fight against the pandemic but not the less than 100 people gathering measure.

At Club 24/7 the group managed to put a bucket of water and soap at the entrance for fans to wash their hands and some people were seen wearing masks. Most of them did not.


The audience enjoyed the reggae vibes during the show at 24/7 Club with Khozie Masimbe, Moda Fumulani and Yanjanani Chumbu warming up the stage.

Makondetsa joined the stage before for Black Missionaries took over the show till the wee hours of Saturday.

“We are happy to be back in the office, this is what we do and we love it. This is where we make our bread and butter, despite the ban on gatherings, it was surprising that some were doing their business as usual and yet artists were being denied to hold shows. We have started now and we will not stop unless otherwise,” Makondetsa said.

He said Covid-19 pandemic has affected a lot of things and that as artists, life has not been the same saying people need to be careful and follow the necessarily precautionary measures.

He also hailed health personnel, who have been working tirelessly to fight the pandemic.

Anjiru also said they missed the stage and the fans.

“We will try to follow the necessary precautionary measures. Covid-19 pandemic is real and we will use the shows to sensitise people about the pandemic,” Anjiru said.

He also announced that people will start sampling their new songs off their incoming Kuimba 12 album next month.

The group had a new face in the name of Marko Kamba, a lead guitarist, who has taken over from Owen Hulera, who died in December last year.

Some people, who also depend on shows to make ends meet such as those, who sell different artworks were excited with the coming back on stage of Black Missionaries.

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