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Massive turnout for Blacks at Blantyre, Zomba gigs

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Chileka reggae group Black Missionaries, better known as Ma Blacks, attracted an impressive patronage in their second gig at Club 24/7 in Blantyre on Saturday.

The group returned to the stage after a long break due to Covid with their first show at Shakazulu Club, formerly Vibes, in Zomba on Friday before dating Club 24/7 in Blantyre on Saturday and then Village House in Blantyre Sunday.

Blacks is on a promotional spree of their Kuimba 12 album which will be released in November this year.

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They have since dropped four singles namely ‘Praise,’ ‘Ndikanapanda,’ ‘Za Mdziko’ and ‘Timponye’ with two music videos ‘Ndikanapanda’ and ‘Praise’.

The huge turnout at Club 24/7 in Blantyre was a clear testimony that people have missed shows due to Covid.

The reggae group made sure it repaid the fans on a windy night when, apart from treating them to songs from their previous Kuimba albums, it offered the four promotional songs and even performed them for the second time.

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“We are thankful for the support you have given us all these years, the mission continues. You have waited for so long for Kuimba 12. It is ready and we are overwhelmed with how you have welcomed the four singles,” the group’s leader Anjiru Fumulani said.

Dressed in T-shirts written ‘Ma Blacks’ on the front and ‘Reggae Kings’ at the back, the group took advantage of the show to sell T-shirts and caps as part of Kuimba 12 promotion.

Anjiru led in most of the songs on the night with keyboardist Chizondi also having his share.

The group has lined up several shows as part of Kuimba 12 album and it will take them as far as the Northern Region.

As per their tradition, Moda Fumulani opened the floor, with Khozie Masim becoming next and, then, Yanjanani Chumbu but it was Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa who raised the bar with people dancing to all his songs.

“We are happy to be out. We missed you. Let us continue to follow Covid measures and let’s go and vaccinate,” Makondetsa said.

Despite this crucial message, a few people were putting on masks.

Makondetsa performed for close to an hour and half before leaving it to headliners– MaBlacks, who performed for close to three hours.

“I am impressed with the new songs and now we are looking forward to the full album. It’s been tough with Covid and we missed the fun and let’s hope everything will be well,” Bright Phiri, a resident of Machinjiri, said.

At Shakazulu, the concert also pulled a good audience with some people coming from as far as Liwonde, Namadzi, Thondwe, Domasi and Malosa.

Performers on the menu included Moda, Masimbe and Chumbu before Makondetsa took over to offer songs such as ‘Ndilibe Mlandu’, ‘Sudzampeza’, ‘Muyuda’ and ‘Mbumba Ya Abrahamu’ before paving the way for Blacks.

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