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Matafale memorial passes without rains

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The 20th edition of the Evison Matafale memorial show took place at Civil Ground, Gadaga, in Chileka, Blantyre, once again attracting a huge audience.

The past two editions have been disrupted by heavy rains but this time around, there were no rains.

“Rains are blessings, yes, but disrupted the previous editions but this year God has been faithful,” Black Missionaries lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani said.

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He said they would continue the mission that the group’s founder Matafale started and they were looking forward to releasing Kuimba 12 next month.

People from all walks of life coming from as far as Lunzu, Chemusa, Zingwangwa and other townships in the commercial city enjoyed the sound with performances starting in the afternoon and trickling all the way to the night, with Black Missionaries, Khozie Masimbe, Yanjanani Chumbu and Anthony Makondetsa performing last.

Some people were dressed in Rastafarian colours of red, green and gold whereas others wore T-shirts with the face of Matafale. And others painted their faces with Rastafarian colours.

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As usual, some people took advantage of the memorial to cash in by selling foodstuffs such as ganja cakes and beverages.

Dust produced by the stamping feet engulfed the ground, particularly those who were close to the stage, and some had to hide their faces with T-shirts and masks.

In celebrating Matafale, some people chanted songs of praise for him while others said they were still in pain due to his death.

For some people, they found fun in both enjoying reggae vibes as well as drinking alcohol while some found pleasure in smoking marijuana.

The memorial ended around past 7pm with Makondetsa’s performance, which was disrupted twice due to power cut, and, while some people left early, others waited until the end.

“People now understand the importance of the memorial; it is all about celebrating the lives of Matafale, Musamude, Gift Fumulani and other fallen artists. We are where we are today because of people’s support,” he said.

His death on November 27 2001 shocked the country and a lot of people had fears that this would be the end of Black Missionaries.

But 20 years down the line, Black Missionaries, popularly known as Blacks, is still active and enjoying the limelight, continuing the mission that Matafale started.

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