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‘Kuimba 11’ unveiled

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BY SAM BANDA JNR

Great Angels Choir taking their turn

Reggae group Black Missionaries on Friday launched their Kuimba 11 album at Robins Park in Blantyre continuing the mission that their founder the late Evison Matafale started.

The group was also set to launch the 12-track collection at Lilongwe Golf Club yesterday.

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Team Entertainers and Black Missionaries flew to Lilongwe on Malawian Airlines on Saturday ahead of yesterday’s launch.

The launch at Robins Park attracted an impressive audience that enjoyed the musical vibes starting on Friday evening until the early hours of Saturday with Skeffa Chimoto and Real Sounds Band closing the curtains.

Team Entertainers led by Tonderai Banda made sure they gave Black Missionaries a better platform with most of the arrangements, including decoration, well set in the hall.

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Gospel group, Great Angels Choir, dubbed the People’s Choir, was among the acts on the menu that performed early.

The gospel group famed for songs such as ‘Mwasankha Ine’ and ‘Tadikira’, has always impressed when it comes to dressing and they were on point on the night as they blessed souls with their gospel vibes.

The choir’s Music Director, Ephraim Zonda, said some quarters questioned as to why they were performing at Black Missionaries’ launch being a gospel group.

“As Great Angels Choir, we are not artists but ministers and that is why we are here to minister the Word of God. We thank you for the support that you always give us. Without you there is no Great Angels,” Zonda said.

The gospel group’s performance did not disappoint as it kept people on the dance floor until they bowed out leaving the stage for Dan Lufani.

Dan Lu made sure he continued from where Great Angels had left off although the act was not 100 percent.

He dished out a few of his songs including his latest track ‘Akumva Pain’, which had the audience singing along.

With time getting closer to midnight, the Chileka crew took over the stage starting off with Chizondi, who offered one song as he did sound check.

First to hit the stage from the Blacks was Khozie Masimbe, who has shown great potential in his music career.

Anthony ‘Mr Cool’ Makondetsa took over the stage from Masimbe and upped the tempo offering songs such as ‘Mu Yuda’, and ‘Mbumba Ya Abraham’.

He announced later that he would be launching his latest album ‘Ndagwira Mbendera’ soon.

Unlike many of the shows where they always perform last, Black Missionaries, as headliners, did not close the chapter as this was done by Skeffa Chimoto.

As promised, the Blacks did well by starting off with songs from the new album before moving on to old songs from their previous albums.

Some songs were completely new to the audience and kept them on the low with the four promotional songs they released ‘M’busa’, ‘Zofuna Mtima Wanga’, ‘Umboni’, and ‘Gombe La Nyanja’, which they only released a music video being familiar.

Keyboardist Chizondi Fumulani, who has impressed with his hoarse voice, also led in some songs including ‘Special Lover’.

“We thank God for this day that we have finally launched Kuimba 11. People came out to support us and we are sure they enjoyed the new songs,” the group’s lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani said.

There were the other faces that performed with Blacks on the night and they included OBK Chitheka, who played the keyboard and Mark Chimkango, who joined Yanjanani Chumbu on the backing vocals.

Anjiru, bassist Peter Amidu and Chizondi are the groups’ front runners with the other members being drummer Mada Metusa and lead guitarist Owen Hulera.

Kuimba 11 was recorded and produced at Active A Studios in Blantyre by Amos Mlolowa, who also produced Kuimba 10.

Other songs in the album are ‘Katswiri’, ‘Saviour’, ‘Chant Reggae Music’, ‘Saviour’, and ‘Unali Kuti

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