Balaka-based musician Mlaka Maliro on Sunday debuted at Scallas Café in Blantyre, where he shared the stage with Mada Taferakaso, Paul Subili and Alleluya Band and surprise guest Joe Gwaladi.
People turned up for Mlaka and offered him all the support, with Scallas Café turning out to be too small during the show that went all the way to the wee hours of Monday.
His set at Scallas Café, where he performed for more than two hours, came barely a week after he failed to perform in Mangochi.
Dressed in a green suit, the artist belted out several songs on his line-up, with the audience singing along to most of the songs, and there was even a moment when his wife Bernadetta joined him on stage and collaborated with him in the track ‘Kamandidutsadutsa’.
With Mothers’ Day on October 15, Mlaka did not skip ‘Amayi’, a song that celebrates mothers and appreciates their role in society. The other songs included ‘Dzanja Lalemba’, ‘There’s No Wine’ and ‘Nkhanga Zawona’.
“The reception was massive and I am thankful for the support, especially being my first performance here. All I can say is I have been motivated and will continue to give people the best,” he said.
Joe Gwaladi, better known as ‘Professor’, also won the hearts of patrons with a brief performance which he utilised to creatively generate funds from the audience.
“I was not on the menu but Mlaka and Alleluya Band are always there for me, hence I joined them to support them,” Gwaladi said, promising more local vibes.
Subili, popularly known as Njobvu ya ku Balaka, also had an impressive performance, offering songs he crafted with Rod Valamanja and covers from other artists including Soldier Lucius Banda.
The Alleluya Band leader was, as usual, energetic on stage.