The 21st edition of the Black Missionaries memorial show took place at Civil Ground, Gadaga, in Chileka, Blantyre, on Sunday, attracting a massive audience.
As usual, some people dressed in Rastafarian colours of red, green and gold.
Others painted their faces in Rastafarian colours whereas some carried Rastafarian and Malawian flags.
Unlike in the previous two editions, where rains disrupted some activities at the memorial show, it was a different story, with sunny weather punctuating the day.
Despite experiencing some power interruptions, sound was impressed and the show went all the way to the evening.
Some people took advantage of the event to make a kill by selling foodstuffs and non-food items.
Led by reggae group Black Missionaries, which was founded by Matafale, the group’s lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani described the event as a success.
He said the memorial show was also violence-free and that, for the first time in the history of the event, more artists performed.
Black Missionaries performed at the very end, before paving the way for Positive Yut from Lilongwe, who also turned up late.
Before that, the audience enjoyed performances from Moda Fumulani—who reminded people of his fallen brother Gift— Khozie Masimbe and Anthony Makondetsa, who warmed up for Black Missionaries.
Host of the show, Selekta Rokaz, took advantage of the memorial event to tackle issues affecting society, including mental health, and called on people not to resort to suicide whenever they encounter challenges.
The surprise guest at the memorial event was Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa, who briefly jumped on stage when Anthony Makondetsa was on song. He was putting on a cap and scarf with Rastafarian colours.
Nankhumwa, who did a free style of one of Matafale’s songs and later requested Makondetsa to perform ‘Ndagwira Mbendera’, asked the government to construct a musical college in Chileka.
“There is a need for a musical college here to help train talented young people. I had to come here and support Black Missionaries because no-one can talk about reggae music in the country without mentioning Evison Matafale and Black Missionaries,” he said.
Earlier on, people were treated to Phalombe music by Gibo Pearson, who sparkled with his song ‘Izathera Ma Penalty’ and it came after he had also offered his other songs.
Unlike in the previous editions, where patrons enjoyed performances from one stage, this year, there was also a DJ stage, where people tasted other performances.
This was a platform that was dominated by reggae music but the audience also sampled genres such as hip-hop, which was served by Fredokiss.