Fama president excites Lilongwe with reggae


Film Association of Malawi (Fama) President, Ezaius Mkandawi r e , proved that he is not just into film after an impressive performance at Grittahz Camp in an Easter show organised by Grooverz Band.

Dressed in a typical reggae outfit, a hooded sweat shirt over some tattered dirty jeans, Mkandawire excited the mostly Rastafarian audience at the poorly patronised show when he stormed the stage with Bob Marley’s ‘Kaya’.

Backed by the Grooverz Band, Mkandawire shook the foundations of the building when he went dancehall with Capleton’s ‘Jah City’, which saw members of the audience dancing.


“A real artist is not disappointed with patronage at a show; what matters to [them] is delivering the right stuff and, that way, he builds a following,” Mkandawire said in an interview.

Marcus Magaso, of the Zion Rock Band, who curtain-raised the show for Grooverz Band, said, while it was disappointing that the show was poorly patronised, he was impressed with the performance of the artists.

Magaso, who took the audience by storm with his composition ‘Power of Government’, a song which highlights some of the governance issues rocking the country, said it was understandable that the show attracted low patronage, considering that Lilongwe experienced power outages over the weekend.


“These are some of the issues I am tackling in my song; the science of government is disappointing us. The problem of blackouts can be solved if people that hold power understand the values of good governance,” Magaso said.

He said it was disappointing that, while people are looking for leaders who can provide them with basic necessities such as electricity, the very same power was suppressing them and the result is death and suffering.

However, Jah Seal Flames, an artist with the Zion Rock Band, attributed the low patronage to the conservative attitude by music lovers who, he said, are reluctant to sample new talent.

“The bands that were performing here are new and small and they can’t be recognised by the music lovers. The problem with us, Malawians, is that we don’t like to experiment on new things,” Seal Flames said.

However, Seal Flames, who excited the fans with his song ‘Zikutivutabe’, was optimistic that the situation would soon improve when society starts sampling their music which is enjoying fair air-play in some radio stations.

“Music is a mission and, as is the case in any mission, one has to work hard to accomplish their goal,” Seal Flames said.

Grace Tionge Waluza of Grooverz Band was, however, happy that patrons went back home happy.

“Music is all about entertainment and what matters most is producing the right material for the audience,” Waluza said.

Waluza was one of the artists who impressed.

“The music that was played at the show shows that Malawian music is advancing all the time, in terms of both lyrics and rhythm,” Waluza said.

Waluza, who is also a social worker with Chance for Change, said music was “a hidden treasure”.

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