Phungu Joseph Nkasa proved that he is still popular and relevant in the country’s music circles when he got the much needed attention during the three-day Zitherepano Club 45:20 Bash in Mangochi.
Nkasa was on Friday’s menu alongside Alleluya Band, featuring veterans in Coss Chiwalo and Paul Subiri, and popular reggae group Black Missionaries.
Zitherepano organised the bash to celebrate 20 years of existence while its proprietor, Victoria Kingstone, has turned 45.
There were actually fireworks during the first day, which pulled a huge audience, with the performances going all the way to the early hours of Saturday.
Nkasa performed in the early hours of Saturday soon after the audience had enjoyed Black Missionaries’ reggae vibes.
He received a huge applause upon his entry on stage, with some jumping on stage to embrace him.
Backed by Alleluya Band, Nkasa, who has several albums to his credit, performed a few songs, some of which were requests from the audience before getting off stage.
It was late, around 3am when he was jumping on stage but people waited for his performance
He, however, still needs to perfect his stage work.
“Zitherepano has been there offering us a venue and we celebrate with them. I am happy to be here and I am thankful to Zitherepano for considering me to be part of this bash,” Nkasa said.
He said he was happy to share the stage with other artists, adding that, through such meetings, they share ideas and learn from each other.
Nkasa paved the way for Subiri, who also offered his songs.
Earlier on, there were performances from Chiwalo, who reminded the audience of his past exploits, before Blacks took over the stage, entertaining people with songs from their Kuimba albums.
However, Black Missionaries took a longtime to start their performance as they were still balancing the equipment.
The sound was not razor-sharp on the night, although the audience enjoyed the performances.
“We are excited, as Zitherepano, to celebrate 20 years. We will continue bringing out more and offer artists the platform. I am also excited to be honoured by Alleluya Band,” Kingstone said.
Blacks lead vocalist, Anjiru Fumulani, said this was a good platform, adding that it has been a longtime since they performed in Mangochi.
“This was a good outing and, as Blacks, we are happy to be part of the celebration. This is a good venue, which has supported us and we wish them all the best,” Anjiru said.
Anthony ‘Mr Cool’ Makondetsa, who also performed, hailed Zitherepano for organising the three-day bash.
Chiwalo said they were happy to be invited to the bash.
“You may recall that we have just returned from Italy and Israel; so, we are happy to perform here in Mangochi,” he said.
The second day saw performances from, among others, Dan Lufani.
The bash was expected to end Sunday.
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