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Evison Matafale memorial show Sunday

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The annual late Evison Matafale memorial show organised by reggae group Black Missionaries will be held at Mankhokwe ground in Chileka, Blantyre on Sunday.

This is a free memorial show which according to Blacks’ lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani, is aimed at celebrating the lives and talent of late Matafale and other fallen artists from Chileka including Gift and Musamude Fumulani.

“Of course we are still making preparations but it’s all set on Sunday. People should come and enjoy reggae vibes and other performances as part of celebrating the lives of our fallen artists,” he said.

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Apart from Black Missionaries, Anjiru said some of the artists billed to perform at the memorial include Dan Lufani, Skeffa Chimoto, Young Generations, Lambanie Dube, Nepman and other Chileka artists.

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

The reggae maestro rose to fame and became one of the country’s favourite musicians by the year 2000 through the release of his debut album, Kuyimba 1, in 1999.

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In 2010 on Independence Day, former president late Bingu wa Mutharika awarded Matafale the Malawi Order of National Achiever Award.

After his death, Black Missionaries moved on, continuing his journey led by Musamude Fumulani, who died in September 2008.

On this day, the group also remembers Gift Fumulani, who also died in 2009 as he was working on his third album titled Loto La Farao.

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