Massive audience at Martse memorial show
Renowned rapper Martse smiled on Tuesday when fellow musicians put up splendid routines during his memorial show that attracted a huge audience held at Cape Maclear Primary School Ground in Mangochi.
The memorial show for the ‘Mkatimo’ and ‘Mwano’ star took place in the afternoon following up on the donation of desks that the musicians’ foundation led by its director Richard Chirwa, who is also Fadeth Furnitures Director, made with the musicians to Cape Maclear Primary School in the morning.
Martse died on May 23 last year following burn wounds which he sustained when a house he slept in caught fire in Mangochi.
It was around 2pm when the performances commenced with up and coming musicians warming up the stage with their vibes and in their acts, they took time out to sing praises of Martse for his immense talent.
After the starters, came the main course that included Mfumu Hyphen, who left no stone unturned with his performance and won the souls of the people.
The Blantyre-based artist dished out a number of tracks including ‘Mkatimo’ which had the audience singing along, ‘Loss’, and ‘Anankabango’, a hit, which brought him to the limelight.
Hyphen said the aim of the show was to celebrate Martse’s life as well as have a good start for his dream.
“Being a Tuesday, we did not expect to have such a turn out and we are thankful to people for the support and it all shows love for Martse. And as the foundation continues promoting Martse’s dream, we hope people will come out to support,” the ‘Kuusumana’ creator, said.
The other artists that starred during the memorial are Waxy K, Nepman, Wikise and Provoice in that order.
In his one hour performance, Nepman offered songs such as ‘Chilawe Changachi’, ‘Na Lero’, and ‘Sachoka Choncho’, where his hoarse voice kept the audience in the Amang’anja, Yao and Tonga tradition dominated area active.
Wikise also kept the audience lively with his songs but it was ‘Chikamphulikire’, which dominated.
Provoice said Martse was visionary and he was happy that his vision still lives.
“We are here because of him. Even though he is not here but he still lives. Martse’s dream will continue to live on,” he said.
One of the fans, Joseph Kadwala, a resident of Masasa said he enjoyed the performances during the memorial that accorded him a chance to see some of the artists live.