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Reggae group Wailing Brothers on Sunday performed at Premier Lodge in Blantyre with the show going all the way to midnight.

The gig was billed to start in the afternoon but it delayed until the night.

Led by lead guitarist Takudziwani Chokani, the group’s performance once again attracted a low patronage.

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But those who came went home satisfied having enjoyed good sound from the group that is still trying to make its way up.

A member of the group Buju Mlanga said they were not at all moved with the low patronage and that for them it was all about giving out quality sound.

“We don’t mind about the patronage, the few that have come will attest to the sound we are giving. People should give us some time and watch the space we are making strides. For us it’s not about competition, it is about giving people good sound,” Buju said.

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Takudzuwani also maintained that Wailing Brothers, which was established by his brother, the late Elias, was there to give a platform to upcoming artists.

“Wailing is here to give you good sound, entertain you so that you forget all your troubles. Again we are here to give a platform to upcoming artists. We want to build this talent and this is why we have new faces,” Takudziwani said.

By the time the group was starting its performance, there were a few heads but patronage improved as the show went on.

Wailing Brothers started its weekend outing in Liwonde on Friday before moving to Nsanje on Saturday with the last one in Blantyre.

Their performance at Premier started with a reggae session where they played cover songs before Arnold Fumulani took over the microphone.

Arnold seems to be improving with time and people are getting used to his songs.

He was energetic on stage and performed for sometime before paving way for Wailing Brothers.

“It’s been a great show. The audience was lively and it kept me going. I am still finding my feet but with time I will get there. All I can ask from people is support, they should not tire pushing us,” Arnold said.

He also said that upcoming and veteran artists need to work together for the growth of the industry.

Wailing Brothers dished out songs from their Unfinished Project album before leaving the stage for Toza Matafale.

With three shows over the weekend, it turned out to be too much for Toza, who lost his voice.

He managed only a few songs, both of which were cover version of songs originally done by the late Evison Matafale.

“It was a hectic weekend but I wouldn’t say I lost the voice because of the shows but it was all because of flu. But I didn’t want to let people down so I had to perform for a short time,” said the apologetic artist.

Moda Fumulani is the one who closed the curtain during the show.

He was the crowd puller on the night and dished out songs originally done by his departed brother, Gift.

Moda’s stage work is way up; he has improved although for now he is still riding on his brother’s music.

“My album would have been out by now but I had other challenges. The songs are ready but we just have to make sure everything is perfect. Again I am not in a hurry, music needs patience so I am taking my time with the aim of bringing out the best,” he said.

A fan Edwin Phiri praised Wailing Brothers for the quality of their sound.

“I am impressed with their sound. I love reggae and when they were playing cover songs, they were on point, it was lively. They should keep up although their biggest problem is on vocals,” Phiri said.

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