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Lawi treats Blantyre to special night

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Musician Lawi on Sunday delivered a brilliant performance that underlined his seriousness in his music career during a fundraising concert held at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.

The long distance from the capital city, Lilongwe, did not at all bring any fatigue to Lawi and his Mango Band, which included Sam Mjura Mkandawire on keyboard and Daud Mussa on saxophone.

The singer and guitarist, who is also a producer, went straight to business, jumping on stage soon after Blantyre-based acappella group Joyful Souls’ performance.

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Joyful Souls, led by Rodger Mpinganjira, stunned people with the acappella antics and on their line-up of songs included ‘Ndiwe Wanga Remix’, a special track dedicated to Valentine’s Day.

Joyful Souls also had a special moment when they returned to the stage later to play backing vocals for Lawi in one of his songs and attracted cheers from the audience.

Lawi’s performance in Blantyre was his first this year and he took the audience on a voyage of his music, offering songs from his three albums namely Lawi, Sunset in the Sky and Thirties.

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Some of the songs that dished included ‘Timalira’, ‘Galimoto’, ‘Therere’, ‘Galimoto’, ‘Amaona Kuchedwa’, ‘Lilongwe’, ‘ Diso’ and ‘Phukira’.

Despite not attracting a huge audience, those who came enjoyed the outing, with Lawi closing the curtain.

During the concert hosted by Times Television presenter Miriam Ntambo, there was a moment when Lawi left the stage to join the audience on the dance floor.

Lawi hailed people for showing up at the concert, which was organised by Medic to Medic to raise funds for needy medical students pursuing studies in the country.

“Thank you for welcoming us Blantyre and appreciating not just music but our music, authentic Malawian music. Every time we always hear reports that the country has received donations from outside and the mentality most of the times is that Malawians do not do charity but tonight Malawians have shown that they can give to charity,” Lawi said.

One of the companies donated K4 million on the night towards the cause.

During the concert, which also served as a warm-up for Valentine’s Day, people won different prizes during a raffle draw.

One of the students, who has now graduated, said he managed to finish his studies because of Medic to Medic, which started in 2007.

Medic to Medic Chief Executive Officer Tamsin Lillie said they were happy to work with Lawi in raising funds for medical students through a concert and also hailed people for the support.

“There is more to come but we would like to thank people for showing up tonight. It has been an amazing night and we hope to hold more fundraising shows,” Lillie said.

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