Legendary musician Boniface Ndamera of Lucky Stars Band, famed for the hit ‘Chinafuna M’bale’, Tuesday thanked Mikozi Network for raising K1 million within eight hours for him.
Ndamera who received the money, on Monday, said he is struggling with life and that things have even been difficult in the absence of live performances due to Covid.
“The K1 million will help me finish some work at the house which some well-wishers built for me in Nsanje. There are some things which need to be finished and, so, I will use part of the money. I am looking at settling there now,” Ndamera, who started playing the guitar in 1969, said.
He said Mikozi Network had helped him a lot with the K1 million.
“Only God should bless them for what they have done,” Ndamera, who is visually impaired, said.
The old-timer, who used to star with the late Raphael Banda, said Lucky Stars was intact but did not have equipment.
“If we can have our own equipment, the better. The equipment will help, especially when I go home, because there are no proper bands there and, so, we will be there to offer entertainment,” he said.
Lucky Stars’ ‘Chinamfuna M’bale’ was released long time ago and continues to enjoy airplay in different places.
“I get something from Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) as regards royalties but it is not enough,” Ndamera said.
Mikozi founder Bright Excess Chiligo said they realised that ‘Chinamfuna M’bale’ has been relevant and entertainning people since 1980s.
“We just wanted to appreciate Mr Ndamera as well as appreciate the hit. It is actually our followers who pushed us to do this and this was also the case with Joseph Nkasa,” Chiligo said.
He then called upon the corporate world, the government and other well-wishers to recognise artists saying they are influential and play a big role in offering entertainment and disseminating vital information to the masses to bring about change.