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Madalitso Band, Faith Mussa share stage in UK

Faith Mussa and Madalitso Band, the duo of Yobu Maligwa and Yosefe Kalekeni, on Tuesday shared the stage at Woodburner in the United Kingdom in a sold out show.

Faith is in Europe for more shows, having performed with South African gospel act Benjamin Dube last month.

The singer and guitarist, who has just dropped his third album, has pushed his music to the world by embracing festivals outside the country.

The ‘Mdidi’ maker could not be reached for his comment yesterday but said, ahead of his Europe exploits last week, that he had gained a lot after performing in places outside the country.

“I am happy that in UK I will be performing with my brothers Madalitso Band. Artists from Malawi performing together in UK just tells you that our music is making progress and we will keep pushing it,” Faith said.

The artist is expected to hold five gigs in total in his tour before coming back home later this month.

Madalitso Band, which is still little known in Malawi, has been out of the country since June and will be flying back home on Sunday.

The group’s co-manager, Neil Nayar, described Tuesday’s gig in the UK with Faith as awesome.

“Yesterday the gig was awesome. It was exciting to sell Malawi to the world,” Nayar said.

He said Madalitso Band has been a sensation this year in Europe, where they have won the hearts of many people.

“Madalitso has been great in Europe. It may sound like an exaggeration, but wherever they have played they have left audiences speechless,” Nayar said.

Madalitso, which has been to the BBC Offices in London for an interview, has held over 40 shows so far since they left in June.

“It’s now been over 40 shows and that tells you a story and a very exciting one to end it off will be at the Malawi Embassy in London, after the UK Ambassador attended the band’s first London show as an ordinary guest, and was mesmerised and proud of how Madalitso got an audience who knew nothing of Malawi or Malawian music, singing and dancing along and smiling all the way,” Nayar said.

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