On a day when Christians across the world commemorated the resurrection of Jesus Christ, described in the Bible in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial following his crucifixion, gospel musician Mable Lwanda hosted what she christened an Easter Celebration Gospel show that pulled a number of gospel musicians at Robin’s Park in Blantyre.
Apart from celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ through music, Lwanda, better known as The Warrior in the gospel music arena, used the show to launch her Beauty from Ashes Foundation which, among other things, helps pay school fees for needy students.
During the concert that attracted a sizeable audience, Beauty from Ashes Foundation was launched with the lighting of candles as several people made their contributions to the foundation.
In attendance was District Social Welfare Officer for Blantyre Stephano Joseph, who represented the government and made a contribution of K100,000.
Joseph, who cut the ribbon to officially launch the foundation, also pledged that a wheelchair would be bought for one of the needy children, who is a person with albinism.
“We recognise this foundation and, as government, we will work hand in hand with it,” he said.
Coming to performances, all the artists who were billed to perform showed up except King James Phiri.
Princess Chitsulo, who broke her leg in an accident recently, was also present and, with a bandaged leg, performed and excited the audience.
Miracle Chinga Mpukunya was also the toast of the afternoon as she belted out songs such as ‘Hosanna’ and ‘Mwayenera’ and reminded people about the exploits of her fallen mother Grace Chinga.
There were also performances from Lwanda as the headliner, Evans Meleka, Daughter of Zion Phalyce Mang’anda and Neligo Women’s Choir.
Kamuzu Barracks Gospel Singers, fondly known as Soldiers of Christ, also delivered an energetic performance and interacted with the audience throughout their set.
Meleka, who travelled all the way from Lilongwe, said he was happy to be part of the concert and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“It’s been a great moment to be part of this concert to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I was not part of the line-up but I thought it wise to share my music with the people and they should watch the space for more music,” he said.
Lwanda, who last year launched a CD and DVD of her debut album titled Yesu Chimwemwe Changa, thanked God for a successful concert and the support that people gave her.
“We had a football match at Kamuzu Stadium but people came to support me. Launching the foundation does not mean that I have enough, but I have a passion for helping the needy and I am using it through my talent,” she said.
Other artists also graced the event including Musicians Union of Malawi President Gloria Manong’a.