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Karonga slowly turning into an entertainment hub

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The past years has seen the Northern Region being overlooked by artists when it comes to holding performances.

Many artists, who are based in Lilongwe and Blantyre, have attributed their no-shows in the North because of high costs they incur pointing out that they do not make enough.

But things have now started changing as artists are trekking to the North for shows with Karonga turning into an entertainment home.

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The district, which houses Lusubilo Music Centre, among others, as well as the Karonga Museum Amphitheatre, has been hosting different shows which have been pulling huge audiences.

“Karonga was not that vibrant when it came to hosting shows but now things are better. Artists now prefer holding shows here because they know they will get the support,” said gospel musician Donex Muva.

Muva alongside fellow gospel artists Martha Nthakomwa, Paul Mkisi, Innocent King Banda, Karonga Choir and Israel Ndelezina on Sunday supported Lilongwe – based gospel group Great Angels Choir during their Mwasankha Ine album tour.

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“Actually, the Great Angels show was historical in that it received a gigantic audience. We have had gospel shows taking place here and one of them featured Favoured Martha and a lot of people came,” Muva said.

Great Angels Choir’s Music Director, Ephraim Zonda, said they were overwhelmed by the support they received in Karonga as they performed for the first time.

“As Great Angels, we want to be performing in different places and not only the usual venues. It was our first time to perform in Karonga but people showed us love by coming in large numbers and as a group we feel Karonga is a place for performances,” Zonda said.

Lusubilo Band, Germany group Andromeda Mega Express and Ulimba group from Nsanje also performed at Karonga Amphitheatre over the weekend where they are said to have received a good turnout.

Muva said, Thomas Chibade, Lawrence Mbenjere and Moses Makawa are also said to have performed in Karonga on the same weekend.

“Artists now need to realise that we are no longer a dead North when it comes to entertainment and Karonga is surely doing well. These are not the only artists performing here, we have had Lucius Banda and Black Missionaries among others,” Muva said.

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