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Loving through song, poetry

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FOR the most part, the fragrance of division between musicians and poets is strong. Not today, February 14, when musicians and poets come out of their hamlets to sing of, and make recitals about, love on a day love— and not oxygen, carbon dioxide and other gasses— is given a licence to float in the air.

While the air in South Africa will equally be filled with love, the fragrance seems to be stronger in Malawi than South Africa. If not, why is South Africabased multi-award winner, Buffalo Souljah, in Malawi today?

The artist is at Country Lodge in Lilongwe today. In fact, Buffalo Souljah is performing in Malawi for the first time since 2012, and his trip has been made possible by DJ Cool Entertainment and Rach Entertainment.

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“It is quite exciting to be back in Malawi. It will be a special night to interact with my fans again especially on Valentine’s Day, when most couples would want to celebrate in style,” said Buffalo Souljah in an interview from South Africa.

Buffalo Souljah, who has vowed to reward his fans with a scintillating performance, will perform with a live band. Supporting artists are Piksy and Theo Thomson while DJ Maya and DJ Cool are expected to dish out a selection of slow tunes to spice up the event.

Organiser of the show in Malawi, DJ Cool, says couples should get ready for a memorable show.

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“There will be a surprise gift for the best couple during the show. I want to bring the best for the audience. Valentine’s Day is a special day for couples and I would like to make it very special,” DJ Cool said.

Born Thabani Ndlovu in Bulawayo on September 16 1980, Souljah composed his first song, titled ‘Zuva Randisingakanganwe’ when he was about eight years old.’ His father was a jazz artist who worked with Thomas Mapfumo in the 70s and the early 80s.

He formed a three-member group called Intelligent Racuss Cruuks in 1996. During the 2008 Channel O Music Video Awards, Buffalo Souljah was voted best newcomer while Judgement was voted best ragga dancehall video.

In 2009, Judgement was named Best Dancehall for the second year in a row while ‘My Type of Guy’ – which features Tay Grin, Gal Level and DJ Waxxy – was voted best collabo or duo.

In 2012, his video Styra Inongonegza featuring Cabbo Snoop was voted Best Dancehall Video of the Year. In total, Buffalo Souljah has won Six Channel O Awards, Sound City Award, ZIMA’s Best International Achievement Award and one Zimbabwe Dancehall Award.

Lilongwe seems to be in the limelight as, apart from Buffalo Souljah, the Capital City is also hosting Soldier Lucius Banda at Lingadzi Inn Mandimu Gardens this evening. The artist said in an interview that Impakt Events is ready to give patrons the best.

“The Lingadzi Inn Mandimu Gardens show will be an exclusive show for Lucius Banda on Valentine’s

Day,” Banda said. Banda is performing at Lingadzi Inn Mandimu Gardens for the first time in as many as 16 years. He said the last time they performed at the venue was between 2000 and 2001.

The Balaka-based artist said the show will give patrons a chance to enjoy a countless flow of music from him. “I am challenging people that I will perform for four hours non-stop. I will perform between 40 and 50 songs and these songs will be exploring the theme of love.  This is a decent show,” Banda said.

Not to be outdone, Blantyre has come up with its concoction of fun, which will come in the form of poetry. Blantyre-based poets, who recite under the banner ‘Spoken word Poetry Blantyre Movement’, today date lovers at KwaHaraba Art Gallery in Blantyre.

The event will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm as part of Valentine’s Day celebrations and will be hosted by television personality Sharon Chirwa. It is dubbed ‘Be My Valentine’, Hashtag #BMV

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