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Evison Matafale memorial on Sunday—Anjiru Fumulani

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The free annual Evison Matafale memorial show will be held on Sunday, November 27, at Mankhokwe Ground in Chileka, Blantyre.

Confirming the news on Tuesday, Black Missionaries’ leader, Anjiru Fumulani, said all was set for memorial except the confirmation of the other artists to play alongside them.

“We normally have challenges sometimes over the use of the venue but we have always engaged relevant authorities and we have done the same this year,” Anjiru said.

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The memorial show nearly failed to take place last year after airport authorities came in late with feedback on the use of Mankhokwe Ground which is within Chileka Airport premises.

He admitted that last year they struggled to be given access to the ground as the Chileka Airport authorities refused use of the ground because people damage property after the memorial.

The airport authorities only relented following negotiations, but with a stern warning that use of the ground would be denied in future should people misbehave.

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Mankhokwe Ground has proved to be convenient in terms of accommodating the huge audience that patronises the memorial show compared to a ground near Chileka Police Station which used to host the shows in the past.

The only setback for Mankhokwe Ground is that it is close to the road which affects the flow of traffic.

Anjiru called on people to patronise the memorial show as they have done in the past years.

“As we have always put it, this is a show celebrating the life of late Evison Matafale and other fallen Chileka artists including Gift and Musamude Fumulani. So we always call upon people to behave; this is not a place to engage in violence,” he said.

Matafale, who formed and led Black Missionaries, died on November 27 2001 while in police custody following his arrest after authoring what was deemed a seditious letter.

The reggae maestro rose to fame after releasing his debut album, Kuimba, in 2000.

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