BY SAM BANDA JNR
IN HANNOVER, GERMANY
A Germany music group from the city of Hannover on Friday shared the stage with the country’s acts, Patience Namadingo and Princess Chitsulo, at Pavillon Kulturzentrum.
The performance, headlined by Patience, attracted an impressive audience and came barely a day after the three acts also shone at the Fete de la Musique Festival on Thursday.
The Pavillon Kulturzentrum is a venue where Ben Mankhamba, Agorosso and Giddes Chalamanda performed when they visited Hannover. It has hosted several other African artists.
With Blantyre and Hannover celebrating the 50th anniversary of their twinning, Hannover City Mayor Stefan Schostok and Blantyre City Mayor Wild Ndipo spoke before the performances started.
Both mayors hailed the partnership, saying the aim is to work together in different areas including that of cultural exchange.
Makatumbe, made up of Edgar Wendt on vocals, beatbox and clarinet, Markus Korda on accordion, Eike Ernst on drums and percussion and Claas-Henning Dorries on bass, opened the show.
Dressed in Chitenje trousers, which made other observers to mistake then for an African group, Makatumbe performed for some time before Princess joined them on stage.
Before she performed, backed by Makatumbe, Princess thanked the two mayors for making it possible for them to perform in Hannover.
“I do traditional gospel music and I am happy to be here and perform with my brothers Makatumbe. I would like to thank the two mayors for giving me the opportunity to come and perform here,” Princess said.
She proceeded to perform ‘Sakhala Chete’ with Makatumbe. It was a razor sharp collaboration that saw the two acts link nicely in both vocals and dance.
Princess also performed two more songs, including ‘Ndizaimba Nyimbo’, this time backed by Patience’s VIP Band, before leaving the stage for Patience.
She was later decorated with flowers as part of appreciating her music as the audience applauded.
Patience continued from where Princess left off and, as headliner, performed for a long time, offering several songs that kept the audience on the dance floor throughout.
Some of the songs he performed include ‘Sinjenjemera’, ‘Msati Mseke’ and ‘Onani’.
Just like Princess, Patience had time to collaborate with Makatumbe and they closed the show together.
Even when Patience announced that they were performing the last numbers of the night, people hang around until the end.
The singer and guitarist hailed people for supporting him, saying the performance was made possible because of the partnership between Hannover and Blantyre.
“We are brothers and sisters and I am happy to perform here all the way from Blantyre,” Patience said.
At the end of the show, the musician had time to interact with the audience, signing autographs and posing for photos.
Makatumbe said they were happy to perform with Princess and Patience and were looking forward to collaborating in other projects.
The group also disclosed that it will be performing in Malawi at the Blantyre Arts Festival in October and Lake of Stars Festival set for September in Salima.
“We can’t wait to be in Malawi. We have heard so much about Malawi and we are excited that we will be performing there for the first time,” vocalist Wendt said.
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