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One of the successful musicians in the country Lucius Banda popularly known as Soldier on Friday took time out to thank his brother Paul for working tirelessly to produce his first ever DVD The Best of Sir Paul Banda.

The DVD was launched at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe and attracted a fair audience that enjoyed the night throughout.

Minister of Sports and Culture Grace Chiumia was the guest of honour and during her speech she said she had come to represent Vice President Saulos Chilima, who was supposed to be the guest of honour but could not make it due to a busy schedule.

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There were two shows happening at the same venue and same night which slightly divided people – Paul’s launch and the Airtel Trace Music Star show.

“My brother Paul has made history by launching his first ever DVD and this is why I decided to be part of this history. It’s a wonderful thing to do and once again I wish him well and all the best,” said Lucius, who left the launch midway as he also had his own show with Zembani Band in Mchinji.

Rekindling memories, Lucius performed backed by Alleluya Band with Coss Chiwalo leading in backing vocals.

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Some of the songs he performed included ‘Nthawi,’ and ‘Zakukhosi.’

Earlier on the musician, who is a Member of Parliament, also collaborated with Great Angels Choir dubbed The Peoples Choir, which also performed on the night.

Soldier also called on Malawians to buy the original copy of the DVD packed with a DVD and a volume one audio CD of The Best of Paul Banda.

The audio with works from 1978 to 1994 has songs such as Malilime, Mudzisankhire Njira, Konzani Moyo, Chimwemwe, Mtendere, Mudzigona Kunyumba, Zonse Nzabwino, Zikomo Mayi, and Chikondi.

These are the same songs which are found in the DVD which at first he was reluctant to work on until he was convinced by Zachariah Jezzman of Anthu Ambiri Records to preserve his works for the sake of the younger generation.

“I am excited but I say Malawians let’s support him by buying his original works and not pirated copies,” he said.

Chiumia, who contributed K250,000 during auction also called on Malawians to buy Paul’s original copies.

“As government we are trying as much to make sure that musicians benefit from their sweat. We are looking at the Copyright Bill to help fight piracy and I should say that it is at cabinet level and we will make sure that it be tabled in the next sitting of parliament,” she said before she officially launched the DVD.

The minister, who took to the dance floor at some point warned pirates that with the Copyright Bill coming up, the honey would be over.

Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) Executive Director Dora Mwakwinja also called on people to support the creative industry by buying their original works.

Paul was very thankful to the minister for patronising the launch as well as several other high profile people from the government and private sector, who made several contributions and pledges during auction.

“I should thank Mr Zachariah Jezzman of Anthu Ambiri Band who made it possible for this DVD to come out. He is the one who convinced me and I am happy with the attendance. People should keep on supporting us because without support we cannot go anywhere,” said the veteran singer and guitarist.

The old-timer, who used to be called Che Beni when he was young, said piracy is rampant but was quick to say that there were some people, who buy original works.

“Piracy is a sin and form of stealing. Musicians take time to produce songs and for someone just coming and stealing it’s not on,” said Paul.

During the launch Paul also unveiled a new song ‘Dalitsani Ananu,’ from his forthcoming album Blessed Are You.

Other performances on the night came from Alleluya Band and Symon and Kendall of the ‘Nyemba Nyemba’ who closed the chapter.

Random interviews with people indicated that they were satisfied with the launch although many felt Malawians could have honoured him by coming out in large numbers.

“We started listening to Paul Banda’s songs longtime ago, his songs are mature and rich and this being his first ever DVD people could have come out as they do when they patronise shows by foreign artists,” said Fatsani Menyani.

The DVD, whose cover has several of Paul’s old pictures, started selling soon after the launch and people scrambled for copies as well as autograph.

The launch goes to Balaka on June 4 and then Blantyre on June 5.

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