Fans praise Black Missionaries
Reggae group Black Missionaries on Friday earned praise from the audience for offering a sparkling non-stop performance at Motel Paradise in Blantyre.
The group performed for close to three hours entertaining the impressive audience throughout and they finished around 4am.
Even at 4am people did not want to let go the group, they wanted it to be performing until morning but it was not to be as Anjiru and team bowed out having done enough.
“It’s been sometime since I watched Black Missionaries and today I should say I am impressed. The sound was good and to me I cannot fault them,” said Mike Phiri.
Buxton Kayuni also heaped praise on the group saying they did well on the night and that he was satisfied.
“A very good performance from the group. I am impressed. Again I should say it here that competition has helped them because it seems they have now jacked up,” said Kayuni.
He also praised drummer Amos Mlolowa and lead guitarist Owen Hulera, who he said “are good.”
“With Paul and Takudziwani Chokani moving with Wailing Brothers, I thought Black Missionaries were going to struggle but the two members who have come in have shown they are talented and fitted in well. I should also say that competition has helped to expose this talent,” he said.
The reggae group has in the past performances also received criticism from some quarters, who have said their performances are monotonous with people able to determine the lineup.
“Of course it’s been like that in some of the performances but todays’ for me I have enjoyed and everything was fresh and different. I think all what I can say is they should not keep on bringing fresh ideas,” said Kayuni.
Blacks lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani said they were happy with the support which they get from people in Blantyre.
“We performed at New Village House last week and today (Friday) we are here at Motel Paradise where you have come in large numbers. We don’t take this support for granted. We always say that Black Missionaries is there because of the support you give us,” said Anjiru.
The group dished out several of their songs from their Kuimba albums on the night.
Some fans also said Blacks as a bigger brand should be looking outside the box by investing heavily on equipment and also setting up their own studio.
“Blacks is a big brand now, they could not have been where they are now. They have made a name but they should invest heavily on equipment which to me they have compromised, again if they were clever enough they could have had their own studio and even have a shop selling their merchandise,” said Abel Tembo.
He said with the shows they hold in the country, the group should take time to invest in things which will grow them.
The show at Motel Paradise was dubbed Reggae Footprint and was powered by Nebaz Bar and Flamez of Faya.
Anthony ‘Mr Cool’ Makondetsa, who has won the hearts of many people with his performances, was not present during the show despite being on the lineup.
Anjiru apologised to the audience during the show for the absence of Mr Cool who he said was down with malaria.
“Mr Cool is down with malaria so he could not make it today. But he will be there during the other shows,” he said.
Other artists who performed during the show which started on Friday and spilled over to the early hours of Saturday are Nepman, Yanjanani Chumbu, Khozie Masimbe and Routers Band.
Black Missionaries performed at Riverside in Salima on Saturday night and were expected to end their weekend with another show at Lilongwe Golf Club yesterday.
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