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Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire’s new album ready

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CELEBRATING WAMBALI—Rudo takes her turn

Manager of late Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire, Vitumbiko Mumba, said on Saturday that the legendary’s musicians’ new album was ready and that they would upload it on his website within weeks.

Mumba told the impressive audience during the first tribute concert at Sunbird Capital Marquee that they would have released it by now but they had other challenges.

“I can assure you that the album is there and ready and we will upload it within weeks and not months,” Mumba said.

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He also said people will access all his albums on his website. The albums were also being sold during the concert alongside other merchandise.

“Wambali was a man called to serve. He was unique. His music is generational and his music will continue to inspire generations,” Mumba said stressing that proceeds from the concert would go to his wife and daughter.

The concert rekindled memories of Wambali’s exploits as the audience, which attracted people of all walks of life, enjoyed his music dished out by some of the artists, who worked with him and they included Sangwani Munthali, Sam Shaba, Rudo Mkukupa Chakwera, Pastor Willie Soko, saxophonist Dan Sibale and Bishop Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango.

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Their live performance also follows the release of a medley of some of Wambali’s songs, both audio and video, by the team.

Wambali smiled for sure on the night; he was a perfectionist in his music but the team that served his music, led by Bishop Mhango, tried within their means to deliver backed by instrumentalists such as Amos Mlolowa on drums and Gresham Mokwena on keys.

There were some glitches in terms of power but this did not stop people from celebrating Wambali, who died of Covid last year.

His wife Wambui, who was present alongside his daughter, said Wambali loved the word of God and that he lived it.

“I would like to thank you all for coming to celebrate with us the life of Wambali and the team of artists for create such an event,” Wambui said.

Earlier on, Wambui also received a beautiful painting depicting two children from visual artist Madalitso Ziwaoh, which he reproduced, saying that Wambali loved it. He also drew live Wambali’s portrait.

Munthali, Sibale, Rudo, Pastor Soko and Bishop Mhango took turns on the night to sing Wambali’s songs and they included ‘Kuchidika’ ‘Kayuni Njuwi,’ ‘Zani Muwone’ ‘Moto’ ‘Muli Nane’ and ‘Nkhunjipereka’ which closed the night, with everyone standing up to sing along including Wambui and daughter and Minister of Information Gospel Kazako.

Kazako, who was a good friend of Wambali and crafted a tribute poem last year following his death, said he was happy to be part of the concert to “celebrate a great man and musician”.

Mhango said Wambali’s songs were poetic and deep.

“Even when we were rehearsing, we did not understand some of the titles but that’s how deep he was. He was also political, looking at songs like ‘Kayuni Njuwi’,” he said.

Mhango also indicated after the show that they were working with the family to have tribute concerts in Blantyre, Mzuzu and Zomba.

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