Renowned musician Phungu Joseph Nkasa on Saturday performed for the first time at Mibawa Cafe in Blantyre supported by Anthu Ambiri Band where he put up an encouraging performance.
Nkasa’s show which also saw performances from, Rod Valamanja and Mireilla Nkhoma among others attracted a sizeable audience.
Nd’efeyo Entertainment which is currently managing Mibawa Cafe with support from Mibawa and has been hailed by people for bringing a variety of activities said the show would have pulled a strong audience had it not been for the Champions League final.
“This is a great show; Joseph Nkasa has offered a good live performance. I do believe more people would have come had it not been for the Champions League final. We also showed the game but we did not indicate it to the people,” said Nd’efeyo Entertainment General Manager Mphatso Kabota.
But the people who came enjoyed Nkasa’s two hour non-stop performance which saw the artist dishing out several of his songs including the latest ‘Anenere,’ in which he speaks of the pathetic life that the law enforcers are living.
He sang with verve, showed energy on stage belting out his several renditions including ‘Mphuno Salota,’ ‘Wayenda Wapenga,’ ‘Mose Walero,’ and ‘Ndikudikirabe,’ a song in which he speaks of a promise of a car which was made to him by the former head of state Bakili Muluzi.
He actually sent people into stitches when he said he is still waiting……. ndikudikirabe mwina ibwera and that maybe one day the car will come.
Other songs came upon request by the people and he played them although it appeared in some songs that he did not rehearse as he seemed to have forgotten some lyrics.
The artist can only get better and improve his stage language if he holds more shows as well as rehearses more.
The concert also seemed to have attracted a different set of audience as there were some elderly couples and some hailed Nd’efeyo and Mibawa for bringing different artists to the venue.
His Mibawa Cafe outing was the second following his act at Mlambe Motel in Balaka on Friday having announced that he is set to tour the country with a string of concerts.
Currently in the studio working on a new album, Nkasa also opened up to say that he is not attached to any political party as others have put it.
“I am a musician and so people should not attach me to any political party. Yes, as a musician I can work with any political party because I want to make my bread and butter,” said Nkasa.
Some quarters have attached the artist to political parties having composed several political songs praising leaders including ‘Mose Walero,’ in which he heaped praises on former President late Bingu wa Mutharika.
But Nkasa maintained he is not a member of any political party and that he does not have any political party colours.
“Let people remove those colours because I work with different parties to make my bread and butter. I am not a politician,” he said.
Nkasa described the Mibawa Cafe concert as a great show where people gave him support.
“I have been encouraged by the support from people and many have told me they were happy with my performance and so this has motivated me to go on tour from Nsanje to Chitipa,” he said.
Nkasa also said people should brace for the new songs.
“Some people have already started talking about the songs. For instance the song ‘Aneneri’ I composed it looking at the challenges the police are facing, its not that I have a case but I just thought I should tackle their plight,” he said.
Anthu Ambiri Band director Zachariah Jezzman said they are happy to work with Nkasa and called on organisers to engage them.
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