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Kudos for Mr Entertainer at Pre-Winter White Party

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Mr Entertainer with
Lucius

Veteran promoter Jai Banda, popularly known as Mr Entertainer, on Friday night basked in the glory of praise and credits for supporting and raising the profile of artists in the country during the Pre-Winter White Party organised by Entertainers Promotions at Comesa Hall in Blantyre.

Led by Mr Entertainer’s son, Tonderai, who now pushes Entertainers Promotions, the Pre-Winter White Party opened up for several activities the outfit has planned this year.

The event was also part of celebrating Mr Entertainer’s 63rd birthday.

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Comesa Hall, which has not held entertainment events for some time, was painted white as people from all walks of life turned up in all-white attire, which was the strict dress code for the party.

Despite the dress code being strictly white, some people still jumped the gun to wear attire of different colours.

On a day when it rained earlier in the afternoon in the commercial city, people still could not afford to miss the party, which started on Friday night and spilled over to the early hours of Saturday.

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The party was a must-attend especially for fun lovers as it also brought on the counter a rare buffet of musical heavyweights in Chileka reggae group Black Missionaries alongside Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa and Soldier Lucius Banda.

Hosted by Fraternal DJ, real name Raymond Sekeni, who also heaped praise on Mr Entertainer for giving him the platform and raising his profile as a DJ, the event delayed to start but, once it came into gear, everything went non-stop.

Lilongwe-based Six Solid Band, which has also benefited heavily from Mr Entertainers’ support both in cash and kind, kicked off the showdown offering covers done by both local and international acts.

Although their set included their own reggae tune praising Team Entertainers for his creativity in hosting events and Mr Entertainer for his immense support to the creative industry, the band failed to pull more people to the dance floor.

DJ Mighty Virus, who closed the party, had his share before Zembani Band crew took over, starting with Lucius’ son Johnny then ‘Nalelo’ hitmaker Nepman, who excited the audience and then Sam Smack.

Sam Smack, who is Zembani Band leader, offered a number of songs before collaborating with Lucius in his track ‘Ndakudikira’.

This was Sam smack’s signing off track as he left the stage for Lucius, who opened his script with a gospel track praising God for healing mercies and gift of life.

Lucius then went on to do one of his popular songs ‘Nthawi’, a track Mr Entertainer loves and invited him to the stage to sing together.

“In 1991 while in my 20s, I met Jai while we were doing a show at Auction Floors. Jai told me, ‘little boy work so hard, you will make it’,” Lucius told the audience.

He went on to say that artists have benefited a lot from Mr Entertainer, who is credited for most of the nicknames given to artists in the country because of his passion despite being a lawyer professionally.

Lucius then went on to sing a happy birthday song for Mr Entertainer backed by the audience before offering a few songs including a medley he did with Patience Namadingo, with Sam Smack playing Namadingo.

Having undergone dialysis earlier in the day, Lucius had difficulties standing throughout his performance such that he finished off some of his songs while sitting down.

Just like Lucius, Makondetsa, who was next, opened with a happy birthday song, a dedication to Mr Entertainer, before moving to his other songs and, in between, he praised Mr Entertainer for his love for the creative industry.

It was the same with Black Missionaries led by Anjiru Fumulani.

“We have all benefited from Mr Entertainer and we are thankful,” Anjiru said.

Lulu also had his share and excited the audience with his vibes and he also had time to invite Mr Entertainer to the stage and reminded him of the past years, dishing out some songs by Bright Livewire Nkhata and Makasu.

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