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Makhadzi to craft song with ‘Ipatse Moto’ refrain

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IPATSE MOTO — Part of the audience on the first day

South African singer Makhadzi performed for the second time in the country at the three-day Hangout Festival held at Kabumba Hotel in Salima District.

Having debuted early last month at Sand Music Festival in Mangochi District, where she put up a spirited performance, Makhadzi, real name Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona, conquered once again during her second outing that came late at Hangout Festival.

Organisers had indicated that the South African singer would perform at midnight but she jumped on stage at 3am soon after the impressive audience on the first day had sampled a cold performance of DJ Obza.

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The performances on a Friday failed to start on time for the festival, which still has a long way to go to deliver a perfect script.

The audience got glued to only one stage at the festival which ended yesterday.

Some artists, who were billed to perform on the first day, did not perform as time had run out and there were signs of disappointment on the faces of some people, who expected an orderly festival.

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While a number of artists took to the stage on the first day and tried their best, it was Makhadzi who belted out a classic show that left people’s faces with smiles.

Backed by a DJ on set, she was greeted with pomp by the audience and went straight to business, showing her energy throughout.

“Muli Bwanji Malawi? [How are you Malawi],” she said.

Wearing pink sexy attire, the singer came with a trendy signature of ‘Ipatse Moto’, which people are using in the country and it implies “giving out your all to bring out the best”.

“Ipatse moto Malawi! Ipatse moto!,” she said attracting cheers from the audience.

She kept on using it in most of her songs and this opened a proper connection between her and the fans.

Backed by two female dancers and two male dancers, Makhadzi sang and danced showing different dance moves including the bicycle dance where she swiped her feet and there was even a moment when she invited some people to the stage to perform with her.

“She is something else; I just don’t know where she gets the energy. I was disappointed at first especially with the delay by the organisers and poor coordination but Makhadzi compensated me,” Pilirani Soko, a Lilongwe-resident, said.

Makhadzi performed for more than an hour with the same level of energy.

People had to mob her as they wanted to pose with her and she tried to accommodate some of them before she later appreciated the beauty of Lake Malawi.

Having collaborated with fellow South African act Mr Brown, the audience thought the two would perform together but it was not to be, with Mr Brown of the ‘Rain on Me’ performing on the second day.

“Malawi is a beautiful country with warm people. I am in love with it and I am always willing to come back,” Makhadzi, who calls herself the ‘most beautiful woman in the whole world’, said.

On the ‘Ipatse Moto’ signature, Makhadzi said it was the country’s musician and producer Janta who told her about it.

“I have fallen in love with these words and they keep on coming to my mind. I think I will craft a song and will work with other artists. Malawi should just watch the space for this song,” she said.

The singer from the Rainbow Nation also said she would love to work with local artists.

“We are all one, South Africa and Malawi; we need to love one another and, so, I am looking forward to working with artists here,” she said.

Born and raised in Ha- Mashamba, Limpopo, the creator of songs such ‘Tshanda Vhuya’ and ‘Matorokisi also said she was not angry with the photographer who took a picture which went viral during her debut show in the country.

“The photographer was doing his job and, so, I am not angry with him but what made me angry were the comments from fellow women mocking me, yes I am black and I am happy to be black and I can’t change that,” she said.

The picture, taken by one of the photographers, captured her in the air while performing showing her thighs with some attacking her that she did not dress well.

“I love to dance and enjoy my performance because music is food for the soul,” Makhadzi said.

Other artists who performed on the first day included Piksy, Beanca and Mwanache

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