Musician Ben Mankhamba, who is in Switzerland for workshops and performances, has said he is excited that, for the first time ever, Chingalire Rural Growth Centre in Lilongwe will host Alleluya Band, Billy Kaunda, Coss Chiwalo, Paul Subiri and Sir Paul Banda.
Mankhamba, who is Village Head Chingalire, has raised the profile of his home village through the building of the Chingalire Growth Centre, which engages in different projects.
The place is an attraction to tourists and has been hosting different events which include drama, poetry and music performances.
And this time around the place will play host to a big concert with him, Sir Paul Banda, Billy Kaunda, Chiwalo, Alleluya Band and Subiri set to share the stage.
Artists have in the past sidelined rural areas when it comes to holding shows but the trend now seems to be changing.
Recently Ndirande Anglican Voices came out to announce that they will for the first time launch their sixth album Namondwe Tonthola at St Peters Cathedral Ground in Likoma on June 29.
“For the first time ever since the world was created, people in my rural community will now have a chance to watch big names in Malawi music industry live on stage,” Mankhamba said on his Facebook page.
He said the show is part of bridging the live entertainment gap and that he is looking forward to this big day.
“For those who would want to join us, from Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe roundabout, take Mchinji Road going to Zambia, after the next roundabout – Kaunda roundabout, take first turn right. It is 26.6 kilometres from the T-junction and others know it as old airport road to Nsaru,” the former Love Aquarius member said.
A lot of people have since hailed Mankhamba and other acts for the show saying as a traditional leader he has done well in giving a chance to people in the area to watch the big names live.
The organisers have also reduced the entry fee for the show as adults will pay K1,000 with children K500.
Kaunda, a former Member of Parliament and Cabinet minister, said this will be the first time to perform at Chingalire.
“I have held several performances but have never been to Chingalire. I am looking forward to perform in such places because you reach out to a different audience,” the ‘Alibe Mau,’ hit maker said.
The artist, who was not vibrant in terms of live performances when he was a Member of Parliament and Minister, seems to have come out full throttle to hold live gigs with Alleluya Band and Sir Paul Banda.
Subiri said it is an honour for Alleluya Band to perform at Chingalire saying people in the rural areas long for such moments.
“For us as Alleluya Band, this is the first time to perform at Chingalire. Again we would like to commend Ben Mankhamba for inviting us to the place and also developing the area. He has used his talent to develop the place and put up different projects,” Subiri said.
He also said the show will be a perfect set for them, as Alleluya Band is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
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