Black Missionaries were on Sunday forced to perform for a longer time at Ozone Refreshment Centre in Machinjiri, Blantyre in a show that attracted a huge audience.
This was clear testimony that people had missed the group’s live acts.
However, there was still some lapse in terms of observing Covid-19 pandemic restrictions as a few people were putting on masks.
This was the first show for the reggae group at the popular entertainment outfit, coming after a long break due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The show also ended their three assignments that they had lined up, starting off at Zitherepano in Mangochi on Friday, Club 9 in Zomba on Saturday and then Ozone Refreshment Centre on Sunday.
The reggae group, which always closes the curtain during shows usually performs for a long time but at Ozone Refreshment Centre, they were forced to do even more after fans indicated that they had missed them.
Around past 10pm, the group’s lead vocalist and leader Anjiru Fumulani announced that they were going towards the end and that they would be performing last numbers.
But fans objected and some even started chanting mukuthawa! mukuthawa! (You are running away).
The group was thus forced to do a few more numbers off their Kuimba albums before finally bowing out close to midnight.
“Having been on a long break, we could feel fatigue since we also performed in Mangochi and Zomba but all the same we gave them what they wanted and they were satisfied,” vocalist and keyboardist Chizondi Fumulani said.
Some of the songs that the reggae group, which is preparing to release Kuimba 12, playes include ‘Sapitanawo’, ‘Mwana wa Munthu’, ‘ Dalo’, ‘ Yang’ana Nkhope’, ‘Timba,’ ‘ Mr Bossman’, and ‘Reggae Music High’.
Black’s set came after the audience had enjoyed a performance from Anthony Makondetsa and other Chileka siblings, including Yanjanani Chumbu and Khozie Masimbe.
Anjiru said after the show they were happy with the turnout and that they were hoping that Covid-19 pandemic cases will continue to go down.
“We thank God that the cases continue to go down and we hope it will remain like that so that we go back to our normal life. But we will continue to use the stage to bring awareness to the people and remind them that the pandemic is real and we should continue to follow the necessary measures,” he said.
With Covid-19 pandemic, the government put up some restriction measures to avoid the spread of the pandemic and it includes a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people.
The ban on gatherings of more than 100 people has kept artists and event’s organisers out of the limelight but with cases going down, artists and event organisers have started coming out even without the government loosening up the restrictions.
“We have lined up a number of shows and we will continue to talk about the pandemic in all the shows,” Anjiru said.
On the projects they had planned to do this year including Kuimba 12 album, Anjiru said they would see how things progress.
“For now, I can only assure people that we will have singles on the market next month,” Anjiru said.
One of the fans Bernard Kayira, said he enjoyed the performance.
“The performances were good especially after a long time. I just feel they need to do more on sensitizing to be wearing masks during shows. The pandemic is still there. Again, I would like them to be doing some shows strictly in the afternoon,” Kayira said.