A mammoth audience patronised the Independence Gala organised by Entertainers Promotions at Motel Paradise in Blantyre which started on Friday night and spilled over to the early hours of Saturday.
It was a show that lived up to its billing entertaining the audience throughout and saw reggae group Black Missionaries and Balaka based musician Lucius Banda popularly known as Soldier sharing the stage.
The two music heavyweights have for the past weeks been clashing, performing in the same city on the same day but in different venues thereby dividing fans.
But during the Independence Gala which Entertainers Promotions said was aimed at bringing together Malawians to have fun ahead of the 51st Independence Celebrations, proved one thing, that the two giants who are crowd pullers, are not enemies as they came face to face with Black Missionaries the first to hit the stage and then Lucius closed the chapter.
Initially Mingoli Band formerly Mibawa Band was expected to close the chapter but they did not as people had already started walking out when Lucius had just finished his set around past 5am.
Entertainers Promotions which is now under new management led by Jai Banda’s son Tonderai also proved on the day that they are serious when it comes to hosting shows as they powered the show with the perfect equipment with smoke, light and bubbles brightening the hall.
The sound though was not that tight on the day as it lacked the power that could impress the ear but not as bad as not keeping people on their feet.
The Motel Paradise room was full to its capacity including the upper deck and by the time the show was finishing, there were still a good number of people who wanted to have fun until in the morning of Saturday.
Some people came to the gig sober but ended up drunk in the course of the show while others could not stand the whole show and ended up sleeping on the way.
Some women played bad mothers on the day as they brought children to the show which one would simply tag it as for those above 18 years.
Before Blacks and Soldier took to the stage, the audience earlier on enjoyed performances from other artists including Nepman famed for the hit ‘Nalelo,’ and Lambanie Dube and the Chileka reggae siblings of among others Yanjanani Chumbu and Moda Fumulani.
Versatile musician Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa warmed up the stage for Black Missionaries and he was on point in his act which kept the audience lively throughout as he offered his renditions including ‘Mu Yuda,’ from his album Fuko Lokondedwa.
Blacks came in after Makondetsa’s performance and they too impressed with their reggae vibes with the latest song ‘Tizingocheza,’ from their yet to be launched Kuimba 10 album dominating.
“We would like to thank Me Entertainer Jai Banda and the Entertainers Promotions team for their continued support and we don’t take it for granted. We also would like to announce that we will be launching Kuimba 10 at Robin’s Park in Blantyre on July 31 before going to Lilongwe,” said Anjiru nicknamed the Jewel of Chileka for his sweet voice.
The Blacks performed for close to one and half hours before paving way for Soldier, who also announced that he will be launching his 18th album Thank You at Robin’a Park on July 24.
Soldier who showed his skills on the keyboard at some point even took time to perform two of the promotional songs off the new album which has half gospel and secular tracks including ‘Ndilira,’ which he dedicated to the people from Balaka who died during the road accident last week Sunday as they were going to the Bullets versus Nomads game at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
“Big up to Entertainers for this great show, I am happy to perform with my brothers Black Missionaries and this just shows we are not enemies as others have put it. Its unfortunate we have been clashing in the past shows but its all down to those who organise shows,” he said.
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