By Richard Chirombo:
The artist’s happiness, money aside, lies in the power to make fans’ happy, untroubled by anxieties of daily life.
This, according to event organiser and master of ceremony Gift Banda, is what Zambia-based Organised Family, which is in the country for a performance, will do at Zitherepano in Mangochi District on Sunday.
In fact, it is a busy weekend for Banda, who has to make sure that the task of launching South Africa-based Malawian artist Jotex Jolly Charo’s Chuma ndi Mame album, at three different venues in the Southern Region, is accomplished.
In tow will be the Zambia-based group, back in the country for the first time in 2019. Its destination is Mangochi District, where patrons will while Sunday’s blues away through music.
The album will first be launched at Kachere Kacha Club in Blantyre on Friday from 6pm till 6am. On Saturday, it will be the turn of Chikwawa residents and others, as the launch will take place at Divas Lodge, Nchalo, in the district.
Finally, on Sunday, Chuma ndi Mame will be launched at Zitherepano in Mangochi District.
Guest artists include the ‘Tchove Tchove’ stars Organised Family from Zambia while Evance Mereka, Thimfu from Nsanje, Sir Brighton Banda and Sausten Peter will complete the lineup of local artists.
Charo, in an interview Thursday, said he was ready to launch the album, which has 10 songs such as ‘Seka Nkudyere’, ‘Chuma ndi Mame’, ‘Tasiyana ku Thupi’, ‘Menyani Nkhondo Mulungu’, ‘Lowani Mtima Wanga Ambuye’ and ‘Ndinabadwira M’banja Losauka’, among others.
“I recorded the songs at DJ Lobodo’s studio in South Africa because I wanted quality. And, again, I recorded all my songs in Chichewa because I wanted Malawians to appreciate my talent.
“And, now, I have the opportunity to show them that my stage-work is second to none,” he said.
Banda, on his part, said all was set for the events, starting today.
“We have finalised everything with both foreign and local artists and we urge Malawians to avail themselves of the events and have fun,” Banda said.
One only hopes the pre-event hype will match the action on stage.
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