Lulu said on Sunday he was happy to be back to the stage and offer people what he knows best during a show at HS Winehouse in Blantyre.
The artist, who recently released some singles – a tribute to Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire and ‘Tikhululukireni’, a prayer calling upon God to remove Covid— said artists continue to struggle with life in the absence of events.
“We depend on shows to make money to sustain our families and, so, without shows life has been hard. But, on the other side, this break has given us a chance to craft new songs and concentrate. It has also given us time to interact with our families,” he said.
The show attracted an impressive audience and the turnout was probably the best since the Namiwawa-based entertainment hub opened its doors to arts activities under strict Covid measures.
The other show that attracted good patronage was when the venue hosted legendary poet Benedicto Wokoma-atani Malunga and musician Faith Mussa.
There were people who strictly observed the measure of putting on mask but others did not.
With other acts such as Ufa wa Mtedza Band, Neil Nayar and veteran Snowden Ibbu warming the stage in the afternoon, Lulu performed late on.
As the headliner, Lulu gave out his all to entertain the audience to the fullest.
The singer and guitarist offered an acoustic set that featured him as the main man on main vocals and acoustic guitar supported by a bassist and Omex Chimpeni on percussions.
Despite missing his Mathumela Band, Lulu and two others coordinated well to give the audience the finest treat.
Most of the songs that Lulu delivered saw the audience singing along. Some of the songs he dished out included ‘Kumalembe’, ‘Sindilichoncho’, ‘Mwachenjera Darling’, ‘Hannah’ and ‘Pemphero’.
One of the fans, Tamanda Tembo, said he enjoyed the performances on the day.
“Lulu has always been my favourite artist and so, I make sure I don’t miss his shows. I am happy. It has been long since I watched a show,” Tembo said.
HS Winehouse Publicist Emmanuel Maliro said they would continue to host shows to offer entertainment and also give a platform to artists.
“We are happy today that once again we had people from all walks of life in attendance and this is what we want,” Maliro said.