Reggae outfit Black Missionaries, widely known as Ma Blacks, over the weekend maintained their impressive live sets when they conquered University of Malawi (Unima) Great Hall in Zomba during a Social Weekend.
Students took some time off their studies to enjoy the Social Weekend, which also attracted performances from Atoht Manje, Tay Grin and Gemini Major.
Despite jumping on stage in the early hours of Sunday, the Chileka reggae group delivered a power packed performance that excited the huge audience.
Led by lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani, Ma Blacks serenaded the audience with songs from their Kuimba albums.
Some of the tracks that the group dished out on the cold day included ‘Mwana wa Munthu’, ‘Dalo’, ‘Rastaman’s Wife’, ‘Mlomo’, ‘Timba’, ‘Ndamusowa’, ‘Tizingocheza’, ‘Watsetsereka’ and ‘Mr Boss Man’.
Anjiru said it was another exciting moment for them to perform at Unima’s Social Weekend.
“We are happy to be part of this Unima event. We have had a very good relationship with them,” he said.
He said they were praying for the best in 2022 for the creative sector, coupled with more performances, having failed to hold many activities last year due to Covid.
“It’s been tough for artists in terms of holding events, restrictions have kept us off the stage and that has robbed us of the much needed income. Covid cases have gone down now,” Anjiru said.
Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa warmed the stage for Black Missionaries.
Makondetsa was also in a class of his own and left no stone unturned and on his musical menu included songs such as ‘Ndilibe Mlandu’, ‘Muyuda’, ‘Usandiweruze,’ ‘Suzampeza’, ‘Ndidzakasimba’ and ‘Mbumba Ya Abraham’.
Fourth-year student Cobbener Sungani said he enjoyed every moment of the Social Weekend.
“You need entertainment to relax at times and we enjoyed the performances. I love reggae and, so, Blacks and Anthony Makondetsa gave me what I was longing for,” Sungani said.