Reggae group Black Missionaries on Friday and Saturday performed at Davido Executive Lounge in Mangochi and Pa Zinziri, Chileka, in Blantyre, respectively, where they pulled huge audiences.
The two shows came barely three days after the group returned from South Africa where they held close to six shows and also recorded two singles which are set to be part of their Kuimba 12 album to be ready released next year.
At Pa Zinziri in Blantyre, a venue which Blacks lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani described as their home ground simply because it is closer to their base, people came out in large numbers.
The show started on Saturday and went all the way to the early hours of Sunday with Yanjanani Chumbu, Khozie Masimbe and Moda Fumulani and Atoht Manje as some of the performers.
Moda has just returned to the fold to start starring with Blacks, having been performing with Wailing Brothers.
Anthony ‘Mr Cool’ Makondetsa has always been the strongest link during performances and he was at it again, giving people an electric act before leaving the stage for Blacks.
His line included songs from his Fuko Lokondedwa album and his latest Ndagwira Mbendera.
“We are excited to perform here and it is even great in that we are welcoming our brother Moda. We are all one regardless of whatever circumstances,” Makondetsa said.
Blacks performed for close to three hours non-stop and people did not want to let them go.
“This is our home-ground and we are happy to perform here again. This is our first show in Blantyre since our return from South Africa. It was a successful tour and people supported us. We also recorded two songs which should be ready later this year but will be part of Kuimba 12 to come out next year,” Anjiru said.
At Davido Executive Lounge in Mangochi on Friday, the group also did not disappoint and attracted an impressive audience.
The group took advantage of their performance to preach peace. They called on people to value and refrain from violence.
The call from the musical group comes at a time the country is facing political instability due to disputed May 21 2019 elections, which has forced Human Rights Defenders Coalition to hold several demonstrations demanding the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah.
“Let us remain united. Politics and religion should not divide us. As Rastafarians, we believe in peace and have to preach peace all the time,” Blacks bassist, Peter Amidu, said.
Amidu’s sentiments were echoed by other members including lead vocalist Anjiru who called on people to love one another and remain peaceful always regardless of political affiliations.
Before Blacks took to the stage, Masimbe and Chumbu warmed up the stage before Makondetsa jumped to the stage later.
Blacks closed the chapter on the night dishing out songs from their Kuimba albums that kept the audience on the dance floor throughout.
However, Moda, who was billed to perform was absent.
“We were supposed to come with Moda Fumulani, who is now back with us but he could not make it due to challenges beyond his control,” Anjiru said.