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Kwesta sweetens Winter White Party

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

South African rapper and songwriter Kwesta on Friday lived up to the billing as he offered a razor-sharp performance icing the Winter White Party held at Umodzi Park in Lilongwe which had the elements of smoke, sound, fire, light, fireworks and snow in its package.

Kwesta proved as to why fans voted him to be part of this event in celebrating 30 years anniversary of Entertainers Promotion over Zimbabwean Jah Prayzah when he showed energy with his band members throughout his performance.

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The rapper jumped on stage close to midnight and performed for close to an hour before Lucius Banda and Zembani Band took over the stage.

Being a Winter White Party, the dress code was strictly white but some fans decided to do the opposite by wearing black and red attires among others.

But those who did the opposite were few with almost 90 percent putting on white attire.

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The event hosted by Super DT delayed to start on a cold night that simply augured well with the theme of the event Winter White Party.

“Thank you Malawi for showing me love. This is the warmest heart in Africa,” Kwesta said amidst cheers from the audience.

With a drummer, a lead guitarist and a DJ on set, Kwesta, whose hoarse voice is one of his strengths that has won him the hearts of many, dished out several songs, some of which turned out new to the audience but some of them were familiar.

Some of the tracks that he performed include ‘Sway Intro’, ‘ VurVai’, ‘Mayibabo’, ‘Nomayini’, ‘ Day One’, ‘Do Like I Do’, ‘KK’, ‘Mmino’, ‘Macala’, and ‘Boom Shaka Laka’.

In between his performance, the artist wore an attire which was given to him by Tuno, one of the country’s artist.

He also took a short break at some moment to quench his thirst as he sipped one of the Chibuku beer flavours.

It was a symbol of appreciating Chibuku Products Limited for the sponsorship of flight tickets for him and band members to the tune of K2.9 million.

“Malawi, you guys are unbelievable. You have been so kind to me since the day I got here. You have made me feel at home. Thank you so much Entertainers Promotions and happy 30th birthday,” Kwesta said before signing off.

Before the performances, the audience had time to watch a documentary of Entertainers Promotions which saw Jai Banda popularly known as Mr Entertainer taking people on a journey of how Entertainers Promotions came into existence.

“It has been a long journey and over the years, we have worked with talented musicians among them, Lucius Banda, the late Bright Livewire Nkhata and Ethel Kamwendo Banda,” Mr Entertainer, said.

Mr Entertainer said now that he has retired leaving the mantle to his son Tonderai, he was happy with the progress made.

The event went all the way to the early hours of Saturday with Six Solid Band closing the curtain but sadly most of the people had left by then.

Tonderai described the event as a huge success with all the promotion they did.

“All artists put up their A game. Celebrating 30 years, it was exciting and emotional at the same time. Being a Winter Party, people had to experience the winter and that is why we did it outdoors and we said we were going to make it snow,” he said.

He said on the night they also launched a website showing their seriousness as a company in terms of growth and bringing out new things.

“There is sound and light event coming up, there is more to come and the year has just begun for us. We also would like to thank all those who supported us,” Tonderai said.

Lucius said many artists have benefited from Entertainers Promotions through Mr Entertainer.

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