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Lulu, Lusubilo conquer Blantyre

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The audience were ‘warned’ about the musical exploits that would come out of Lilongwe-based musician and producer Lulu and Karonga-based Lusubilo Band ahead of their performances in Blantyre.

The two left no stone unturned during their concerts at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall and HS Winehouse.

Mibawa Multipurpose Hall was the first to host the two on Saturday night, with Lusubilo being the first to jump on stage before Lulu closed the curtain.

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In their beautiful traditional attire, Lusubilo did not show any sign of fatigue, having travelled a long journey from Karonga District, but produced an energetic and mature performance.

In their two sets, which started with jazz before moving on to their traditional sound, the band, which comprises students and teachers from Lusubilo Music Centre spearheaded by Professor Agnes Kim, they showed the beauty of music.

Having travelled outside the country on a number of occasions including Germany and Korea, the managed to bring the audience on the dance floor with their songs, most of which are in Kyangonde.

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With their front three of Limbani Munthali on trumpet, Chigomezgo Nyasulu on saxophone and Modern Kalua on trombone, they set Mibawa on fire.

And by the time they were finishing their set, which also showed their value of traditional dances such as Mapenenga as presented in one of the tracks, the eight-member band received a standing ovation.

In the past, the band had female artists such as Rebecca Mwalwenje and Maggie Kadrum who left to embark on solo careers but the group remains intact.

Some of the songs they dished out include ‘Lupakisho’, a love track in which a man is pleading with a woman to come back after realizing his mistakes, ‘Mwana Mpina’ and ‘Uwalire’.

Unlike Nyasulu, who has performed at Mibawa on several occasions with other artists, it was the first time for Lusubilo to star at the venue.

“We are excited to perform here and also share the stage with Lulu. We would like to thank people for the support,” Nyasulu said.

While at Mibawa they offered a full course, at HS Winehouse, the performance was a bit lighter with acoustic beat being the focus but it was still power-packed and good enough to win the hearts of the people on a cold Sunday.

Lulu also had his fair share, raising the bar after taking over from Lusubilo in both shows.

He offered several of his songs which included ‘Kumalembe’, ‘Tsogolo’, ‘N’zalera’, ‘Mwachenjera’ and ‘Mbambande’.

“It’s been a great show and sharing the stage with Lusubilo was fine. They are such a good band,” Lulu said.

From Mibawa, Lulu had another performance in Mulanje on Sunday before joining Lusubilo again at HS Winehouse later in the night. The artist, who has just released a new love track ‘Mbeta’, offered an acoustic set at HS Winehouse different from what he served at Mibawa.

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