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Legends star at Sounds of Malawi showcase

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

NIGHT TO REMEMBER — Code Sangala

Legendary musicians Patrick Simakweli and Wyndham Chechamba last Thursday shared the stage during the Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session showcase at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.

The music showcase brings together artists who were part of the session in past weeks.

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Apart from Simakweli and Chechamba, other artists who performed included Code Sangala, who also happens to be the host of the session, Jacaranda Cultural Troupe and veteran bassist Felix Jere.

Simakweli, father to Zembani Band leader Sam Smak, was the first to his the stage and included on his team was another veteran bassist Francis Chintembo, who used to star with Kalimba.

“This is special. I would like to thank Jacaranda Cultural Centre for bringing us to this stage. We hope they will continue with this programme,” Simakweli said.

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Chechamba, who played his guitar in one song before shifting to the saxophone for his second song, also said he was happy to be part of the showcase.

“These days I do not perform frequently but I would like to thank Jacaranda Cultural Centre for this chance. It was also nice to appreciate music from other artists,” Chechamba, who is in his 80s, said.

Code, who took people down memory lane by playing songs originally done by other artists before offering his songs, said the platform has gained ground since it started.

Jere, who has performed with several musicians in the country with his three-man-band also offered songs originally done by other artists including ‘Bambo A Tereza’, which was done by The Roots.

JCC Director, Luc Deschamps, said the showcase was special in that it brought both the old and the new to the same stage.

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