Musician Phungu Joseph Nkasa returned to the stage on Thursday, performing at Mikozi Network Studio in Blantyre due to public demand.
Nkasa’s name stood out after a social media poll that Mikozi conducted saw him beat Nepman and Billy Kaunda on fans’ preference list.
Mikozi Director Bright Chiligo, better known as Ekcess in the musical circles, said the pledges totalled K800,000 and that the amount they collected was K600,000.
“Two are yet to pay,” Chiligo said.
Some of the songs the offered on the day include ‘Mphuno Salota’, ‘Mphwayi ndi Tsoka’, ‘Njala’, ‘Mtima Mmalo’, ‘Anamva’, ‘Kapolo Sakwiya’, and ‘Mose Walero’.
Chiligo said the show attracted 11,000 views in the first hour and over 45,000 views in 24 hours.
“The number of people reached was 200,000 on Facebook only,” he said.
Chiligo also said one of the fans, Caleb Thole, is raising funds to buy Nkasa a car.
“We would like to call for support for local artists. The performance by Nkasa has just proved how much people value local artists and, yet, the corporate world and the government do not value them,” he said.
He said their goal is not only to promote talent but to export it.
Thole has confirmed that he plans to buy Nkasa a car.
“We are doing it to support him and not to take advantage of the other. A few friends that love Nkasa have approached me and, come April 30, Nkasa should have his car,” Thole said.
Nkasa hailed Mikozi Network for organising the studio performance.
“It was good to make a return after a long time and I would like to say thank you to the people for the love they showed me,” he said.