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Reggae group Black Missionaries said on Sunday that they are back to the stage as they prepare to release their Kuimba 11 album.

Black Missionaries had three assignments last weekend, starting off at Ngom’s Park in Liwonde on Friday, followed by a performance at Simbeko Motel in Nsanje on Saturday before the last show at Ozone Refreshment Centre in Machinjiri, Blantyre, on Sunday.

The reggae group’s performance at Ozone Refreshment Centre attracted a huge audience.

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The show started in the afternoon and went all the way into the night as Black Missionaries left it late. It was clear that the audience did not want to let them go.

“Our holiday was short. It’s now time to start performing and today’s show is just one of the many shows we have lined up,” the group’s lead vocalist, Anjiru Fumulani, said.

He said that the short holiday gave them time to work on the songs that are in their Kuimba 11 album which will be released later this year.

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“We have made progress on Kuimba 11 but, for now, let people wait and we will announce the dates when we will drop some promotional songs,” Anjiru said.

He said, apart from live performances, this year will be full of action as their other family members— Anthony Makondetsa, Yanjanani Chumbu and Khonzie Masimbe— will be releasing albums.

“As a family, this is great and there is a proper plan. We will give each other space. We know that people are eager to listen to the new songs but we want to bring out something they will love,” Anjiru said.

He could not be drawn to say where they were recording the album.

Of late, the group has been using free style to dish out some songs with fresh lyrics, including a song by Gas Machine Head, a group which was a force to reckon with in the past.

The audience during the Ozone show demanded that they give them a taste of their new songs, but Anjiru said they were not ready to perform the songs.

Anjiru also hailed Ozone Refreshment Centre for refurbishing the place.

In the past, artists had difficulties performing at the stage, which was small— which is a thing of the past since the stage has been rebuilt and has enough space.

“Ozone is a popular entertainment place in Blantyre. A lot of artists perform here and, as such, we would like to thank the owners for putting up a good stage; it’s not only the stage but toilets as well,” Anjiru said.

He said they, as artists, long for venues that have proper infrastructure.

Before Blacks took to the stage to entertain the audience with songs from all their Kuimba albums, Makondetsa, better known as Mr Cool, warmed the stage.

Black Missionaries Manager, Ray Harawa, said recently that Makondetsa is set to launch an album next month.

Before Black Missionaries took to the stage, there were performances from Chumbu and Masimbe, who disclosed that his album, titled Utatu Woyera, is ready.

Masimbe has been performing with Black Missionaries for years and has more than four albums to his credit.

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