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Joe Gwaladi, Joseph Nkasa, Alleluya Band entertain Blantyre fans

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ON SONG—Nkasa

Musicians Joe Gwaladi, Phungu Joseph Nkasa, Gibo Pearson and Alleluya Band made up of Paul Subiri, Coss Chiwalo and Mada Taferakaso underscored the saying that local is lekker on Friday when they won the hearts of the audience with their performances at Club 24/7 in Blantyre.

Despite experiencing power cuts that affected performances in some instances, the not so huge audience enjoyed the sounds of the artists to the fullest and sang along to most of the songs they dropped during the gig that spilled over to the early hours of Saturday.

Nkasa proved that he was still man of the people, when he earned praise throughout his set as he offered songs such as ‘Mphuno Salota’, ‘Yakwiya Ndi Mizimu’ and ‘Mose Wa Lero’.

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Gwaladi, nicknamed ‘Professor’ for his artistry, was once again a toast of the moment as he wowed fans with his dance moves and songs.

Soon after jumping on stage, power went off but, with a generator powering the stage only, the performance went on with no lights on stage and it forced Gwaladi to creatively stitch a song based on power shortage.

Magetsi chipongwe, akufuna kundibera shine, akufuna ndisakokele…,” Gwaladi sang attracting cheers from the audience.

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Unlike other artists, who are always at the back stage ahead of their performances, it was a different story for Gwaladi, who was in the audience before he was called to the stage.

In his slippers, Gwaladi, who took over the stage from Gibo Pearson, enjoyed full support from start to finish and people splashed money on him.

People did not want to let him go but with time running out, he was asked by host DJ Dumex to pave the way for Chiwalo, who performed earlier but during the time, he dished out songs by Alleluya Band as well as Sir Paul Banda.

Chiwalo’s second coming was his own set, where he took people on a roller coaster journey of his songs which included ‘Amakonda Aliyense’ and ‘Makolo’.

The veteran musician, who used to lead Alleluya Band, left the stage for his band leader Subili, who continued from where Chiwalo had left off until 4am and on his line-up of songs included his own which he did with Rod Valamanja such as ‘Tigwire Mtengo Wanji’ and covers by artists such as Soldier Lucius Banda.

“We had challenges of power and you could notice that the instruments were failing to produce the perfect sound but we are happy that people embraced everything. We are also excited to share the stage with Gwaladi and Nkasa,” Subili said.

Nicknamed ‘Njobvu zaku Balaka’ for their energetic performances alongside Valamanja, Subili said he was in the studio with Valamanja to release a new album this year.

There was also a performance from Taferakaso, who dished out songs by, among others, the late Paul Chaphuka, Pat Tung’ande and Charles Sinetre.

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