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By Sam Banda Jnr:

Kenya’s musical group, Sauti Sol, on Friday proved their strength in Africa when they gave out a razor-sharp performance during the Africa Print Party which Castel Malawi organised to mark the launch of Castel Beer at Sunbird Capital Marquee.

There was a presidential debate just a stone throw from Sunbird Capital but this did not affect the turnout.

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Sauti Sol underlined Castel Malawi’s choice of bringing them as headliners when they dished out sounds that had a mixture of genres, appealing to both the young and the old.

Castel Malawi Market Category Manager, Twikale Chirwa, could not hide his excitement after the end of the showdown, saying all the artists on the night moved in line with Castel Beer’s goal.

“Castel Beer is one of the first premium African beers made of all natural ingredients enjoyed in everyday consumption occasions and that is what Sauti Sol and other artists delivered tonight,” Chirwa said.

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The company’s senior brands manager (Alcoholic), Widdey Nsona, said the event was a success.

“Consumers enjoyed performances of all artists on the night. We can confidently say that Castel Beer has officially been launched,” Nsona said.

Ahead of the show, some quarters had, on social media, their tongues wagging on renowned gospel musician Patience Namadingo, who accepted the invitation to host the show involving beer.

Nsona said they picked Namadingo because he was an afrocentric artist.

“We felt he fits well with what the Castel Beer represents— afrocentricity,” he said.

Namadingo, famed for the hit ‘Msati Mseke’, said he had no problem with the task.

“I host different corporate events and this is just one of them. This is a job I have fallen in love with. I was just hosting the event,” he said.

Sauti Sol’s performance came barely eight months after the afro-pop group won the hearts of fans during Lake of Stars Festival held at Kabumba Hotel in Salima.

The group continued from where it left off during Lake of Stars Festival, keeping people entertained throughout their close to a one-and-half-hour set.

The Kenyan group jumped to the stage soon after the audience was treated to the sounds of legendary musician Giddes Chalamanda, who was backed by Edgar ndi Davis Band.

Edgar ndi Davis also had their fair share of the show.

Sauti Sol bowed out around past 1am, with the impressive audience still longing for more vibes.

The group’s entry was welcomed with a delirium of cheers from the audience, with smoke flying all over the stage.

But things nearly turned sour in the early stages of their set when equipment went off due to power supply cut and the group had to briefly go off stage before the problem was rectified.

After that, everything went on perfectly as Sauti Sol sang and danced with energy.

Most of the songs Sauti Sol performed were familiar to patrons. No wonder, the audience sung along to almost all the songs.

With the night being an African Print Party hosted by musician Patience Namadingo, people were dressed in traditional African attire.

“Malawi muli bwanji? Thank you for coming out tonight. We are happy to perform in Malawi again,” one of the members of the group, Willis Chimano, said.

When Sauti Sol performed at the City of Stars spearheaded by Lake of Stars Festival in 2013 in Lilongwe, they were not popular.

However, they seem to have outlived that moment. In fact, they have become an award-winning trending group that has grown tremendously.

“Malawi is a beautiful country and we hope to come back again. Thank you for the support and we would love you to come to Kenya. Kenya is beautiful too,” vocalist and guitarist Bien-Aime Baraza said.

Other members of the group are — which has albums such as Mwanzo—are Savara Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno.

Earlier on, there was a consumer launch at the pool where people had time to sample Castel Beer. There was also a fashion show as well as a live painting by an artist.

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