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Erik Paliani buzzes HS Winehouse

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Mchinji-based musician Erik Paliani brightened Valentine’s Day on Monday when he offered a flawless act that won him hearts of the sizeable audience at HS Winehouse in Blantyre.

Being Valentine’s Day on Monday, there were a number of concerts lined up across the country, and the commercial city of Blantyre had its share and it included Paliani’s showdown.

Having worked with top artists such as South Africa’s jazz maestro Hugh Masekela, Paliani is always serious with his performances.

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Performing as a trio featuring Lyton Chisuse on drums and JJ Munthali on bass, Paliani, who manned the lead guitar, left no stone unturned and kept the audience entertained throughout and, no wonder, when he announced that his set was going to an end, people still wanted more.

Ahead of the show, Paliani had promised to treat people to a feast of jazz classics chockfull of romance. Being Valentine, he brought all the love and music charm at the venue through ripe sound.

His bravery and creativity to explore and blend different genres is what has always won Paliani the hearts of many people and it was the same on a cold night that was not felt by the audience.

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“We reggaefy the reggae or jazzify the jazz,” Paliani said in between his performance.

All his songs on the night had elements of class and people could not hold their breath but clap hands at the end of each song to appreciate him. There was even an exceptional moment when he blended jazz with reggae to offer the country’s national anthem.

There were even instants when Paliani unified jazz with rumba just to underscore the beauty of music.

This was a night when instruments – Paliani’s lead guitar, JJ’s bass guitar and Chisuse’s drums—spoke in romantic tone even in the absence of other equally important instruments such as keyboards and percussions.

From his Chitukutuku album, Paliani performed a number of songs including ‘Kwacha Kwayera’ which was the last track that featured after he was asked by one of the people.

The singer and guitarist, who is also a producer, also had time to play covers and on his itinerary was Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ which saw the audience singing along although it was only instrumental.

In his two-part set that saw him taking a break, Paliani stood out with his vocals in some of the songs but in others it was all instrumental.

But even though the other songs were instrumental, the audience enjoyed every moment and the trio could be seen enjoying themselves in their performance.

Apart from music, people enjoyed food such as cheese and biscuits and drinks including wine on the night,

“This is brilliant. I am sure you have all been treated to a great night of music by Erik Paliani and I am sure your Valentine’s Day has been lit to the fullest,” Wilkins Mijiga, who was the host, said after the show.

Mijiga said Paliani’s performance was one of the many shows they have lined up this year at the venue to give people all-out entertainment.

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