Musician Faith Mussa on New Year’s Day stepped in for fellow musician Patience Namadingo performing at the Full Family Fun organised by Chrichi Gardens in Blantyre.
Namadingo, who made headlines last year launching his latest album titled Lero was billed to perform alongside Ndirande Anglican Voices.
However, according to Chrichi Gardens Events Manager Wales Chakukuma, Namadingo communicated at the eleventh hour that he would not make it hence Mussa performed in his place.
“We planned for this concert long time ago and so everything was in black and white that Patience Namadingo would perform with Ndirande Anglican Voices. We produced posters and all other things but at the eleventh hour Patience told me he won’t make it so we had no choice but to go ahead,” said Chakukuma.
He said they had already printed the posters and started running adverts hence they could not remove Namadingo’s name.
“Some people were disappointed with the absence of Patience Namadingo and we apologise for that. We just want to thank those who came and understood the situation,” he said.
Chakukuma said as Chrichi Gardens they would want to give artists a platform to showcase their talent but also offer people family entertainment.
“All we want is for artists to show what they can do and do it to their best. Next up is a poetry gathering on January 15 and people will be in for more surprises,” he said.
He said Namadingo communicated to him that he would be outside the country during the time of the concert hence negotiating with his fellow musician Mussa to perform.
Before Mussa took to the stage, there were also performances from Frank Naligonje alias Atcheya, who mimics former President Bakili Muluzi.
Atcheya was a surprise package on the afternoon as he was not part of the performers but he offered maximum entertainment which excited the sizeable audience.
Apart from his mimicking the former president, he also showed his other side when he recited poems.
There was also a performance by Emmanuel Kaunda before Mussa took to the stage.
The ‘Desperate’ star did not disappoint and he seemed a perfect replacement for Namadingo as the audience did not feel his absence.
He dished out several songs before killing it off with a local shaker ‘Pamudzi Pano,’ which dragged people to the dance floor.
“I am excited to perform here and this is my first show in Blantyre in 2016. I have enjoyed it and I should thank the owner for hosting such concerts. I promise more to the fans this year,” said Mussa.
Ndirande Anglican Voices led by Dennis Kalimbe closed the chapter on the day dishing out several songs from their many albums.
“I have enjoyed this concert because it gave us time to reach out to the people fully. We performed more songs unlike in the other concerts where we only perform fewer songs. We were also challenged as a group to practice,” said Kalimbe.
Some of the songs the group dished out include ‘Ndasamba M’manja,’ ‘Ndasayina,’ and ‘Ndikumva Kukoma.’
Apart from music performances, there were other activities including jumping castles for children.
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