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Kefasi braves drummer’s injury

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Musician Kefasi, real name Peter Kanjunju, on Friday performed at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre.

The musician, however, suffered a setback a few minutes to the show when his drummer Chisomo broke his hand when he was making his way to the venue.

The drummer had to be rushed to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, where he was treated as an out-patient.

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But despite the setback, Kefasi and team made a quick decision that saw Omex Chimpeni, who stars with Faith Mussa, coming in as a replacement.

Despite not having enough time for rehearsals, Omex filled the gap perfectly and he went on to play for Khonjwa Ngwira, who was a curtain-raiser, and Kefasi.

Earlier on, people sampled a performance of Blessings Gondwe, who offered a short performance including showing his skills on the keyboard before Khonjwa took over.

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Ethno-musician Waliko Makhala also performed and, with his sound dubbed ‘Bush Music,’ engaged the audience to sing along.

“This is music of our ancestors, uncivilised music where everyone is involved; there is no bass, no soprano…,” Makhala told the audience as he performed the track ‘Moto.’

Kefasi hailed people for their support and understanding during the concert.

“I was affected by my drummer’s injury but we thank people for their understanding and we thank God for His mercies. I am also thankful to Omex; he is just amazing, we didn’t rehearse but he grasped everything,” the singer and guitarist said.

Having debuted with the album Kaluma’ako, Kefasi’s list of songs on the night included ‘Bivu’ and ‘Sitilateje’.

The artist, who derives his sound from the Shire Valley, said he will organise another show.

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