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Impressive patronage at Soldier’s 20th album launch

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Soldier Lucius Banda has expressed gratitude to people for their massive support during the launch of his 20th album titled Love and Hate held at Lilongwe Golf Club on Saturday.

Lucius, who maintained that he was not quitting music for good but rather will not be holding frequent gigs as in the past, said the launch was a success because of the huge turnout.

“Malawians have shown me love. I did not expect this. I am really humbled,” the musician said after finishing his set in the wee hours of Sunday.

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He said next up for him is the launch of the album in South Africa, Blantyre and Mzuzu.

His performance also saw artists such as Lulu and Dan Lu, who features in the track ‘Iwe Ndi Ine’ off the album, play backing vocalists alongside Dan Sibale, who also played the saxophone.

The audience also got to see former Zembani Band dancer Jane Khongwa spice up Lucius’ performance with other dancers.

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The album fetched huge sums during auction and some of the people who coughed more included Wendy Harawa (K3 million), Ramy Waheed (K1 million), Tonderai Banda (K1 million), former minister of sports and youth Ulemu Msungama (K1 million) and legislators Yeremiah Chihana and Joshua Malango K500,000 and K300,000, respectively.

Lucius paved the way for South Africa artist Nkosazana Daughter, who was debuting in the country and she was the centre of attraction with her dance moves.

Nepman, Mlaka Maliro and Janta were some of the artists who performed earlier during the launch, with Billy Kaunda, Patience Namadingo and Zambia’s Oga Family, who were on the menu, missing out.

Chileka reggae group Black Missionaries closed the curtain and performed until morning, with people not wanting to let them go.

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