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Fans cling on to Blacks at Scallas


ON STAGE—Masimbe takes his turn

Chileka reggae group Black Missionaries Sunday found it hard to leave the stage as fans would not let them go, with some craving for a phungwe, during a show at Scallas Café in Blantyre.

Smarting from a successful showdown of two gigs last weekend at Culture Club in Salima District and Ozone Refreshment Centre in Machinjiri, Blantyre, the reggae group starred at Scallas Café for the first time.

As crowd pullers, the group opted to go for out-door rather than the smaller indoor platform that other acts have been using, only to change to indoor later due to showers.

And people braved the cold weather to vibe with the reggae group that always performs for long hours and, this time, they did the same and, by the time they announced that they were finishing off, people objected.

This was billed to be an afternoon show starting from 3pm to 8pm, which is the closing time for joints in this Covid era.

But the show jumped the gun, going all the way to midnight, as fans did not want the group to stop performing.

This also proved one thing; that people were hungering for entertainment shows.

“Basi tizipita mawa ku ntchito (we need to go now because tomorrow is work day),” Blacks lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani said.

But the audience responded with a heavy “No”.

The group had no choice but to continue until 11pm when Anjiru told the audience they could not go on, having started performing in the afternoon.

The show opened up with performances from Chileka siblings such as Moda Fumulani, Khozie Masimbe and Yanjanani Chumbu, before host DJ Rokaz introduced a surprise guest in Sam Simakweli.

The audience enjoyed the performances of the other Chileka siblings and Simakweli but it was Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa who set the stage on fire, with songs such as ‘Mu Yuda’ ‘Ndagwira Mbendera’ ‘Mbumba Ya Abraham’ and ‘Fire Time’.

He also sensitised patrons to the dangers of Covid.

“We are living in hard times of Covid. Let us continue to observe the measures. I know we would want to get back to normal life but let’s stay safe,” Makondetsa, who celebrated his birthday last week, said.

The ‘Mfakamfaka’ creator left the stage while the audience was still searching for more.

Blacks led by Anjiru continued from where Makondetsa had left off and they managed to treat the audience to songs from almost all their Kuimba albums.

Unlike at their other gigs, where their track routines are predictable, it was different this time, when they took people back, performing songs they rarely offer.

“We are happy to perform here for the first time. The weather has been mean but we are thankful you have come out to support us,” Anjiru said.

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