Caribbean singer Judy Boucher is a woman of advanced years with a music career spanning over 30 years now.
And her old-school love songs have their own touch which she says in a way appeals to both the young and the old.
At her age, some would think she should be too frail to sing and dance for over an hour, but she perfectly defeated this thought when she entertained hundreds of men and women at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe BICC on Valentine’s Day.
Her 1993 hit ‘Tears on my Pillow’ refuses to be tucked away in the mist of history as much as does ‘Dreaming of a Little Island’ which was a hit in the reggae charts in 1985.
Between a few minutes after 10 and a few minutes before midnight, Boucher passionately dished out over 10 songs and almost all of them set the patrons onto their feet.
This was simply a gold performance from the reggae and R&B singer who was backed by All Nations Band and she surely gave the audience a perfect Valentine treat.
The singer said she was excited to perform in the country for the first time and she never knew she would receive such an overwhelming support.
One of the patrons who identified herself as Rosemary Mundango said she had been given a perfect Valentine gift by Boucher.
“These are songs that we used to sing in the past and seeing her perform with such ease makes me conclude she is one of the best old-school singers of our time,” said Mundango.
‘That Night we Met’ and ‘If This is Love my Dear’ seemed to perfectly revive love memories of the patrons most of whom were of the 30 and 60 years age bracket.
One of the country’s celebrated musicians, Lucius Banda, set the ball rolling with his love hits which included ‘Tina,’ ‘Zakukhosi,’ ‘Esther’ and ‘Could we Start Again.’
But maybe, the night was not one for lost lovers to start again.
Perhaps, the special aura of love that was the most prevalent feature was enough to let the past remain in the past, for like Boucher sang, some broken hearts never mend.
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