Ndirande Anglican Voices might have compromised its live performances at times, a weakness which has taken off its marks, but it arguably remains one of the best when it comes to vocal ability.
Led by the versatile singer Dennis Kalimbe, the group, which started 20 years ago with over 30 members, today has several members but only five were there during its establishment.
It has been a long winding road for the group, which has had a chance of travelling to the United Kingdom to minister the word of God through music.
Their 20th anniversary celebration at Robin’s Park in Blantyre on Sunday afternoon attracted a good audience that enjoyed every moment of the group’s performance.
“We have come a long way, some of you have seen us on this path but for some, you were not yet born and some of the members of the group, were not yet born but here we are, still ministering the word of God and this is all because God made it possible. We are here because of people’s support and we don’t take it for granted,” Kalimbe said.
With female members dressed in beautiful Chitenje dresses and men in grey and white shirts inscribed with Ndirande Anglican Voices’ logo, Kalimbe as the front runner wore a T-shirt written Ndirande Anglican Voices 20th anniversary.
“We will keep singing and let me take this opportunity to say that a new album, our seventh album – Usalisinthe Dzina whose theme is derived from the book of Ruth chapter one verse 20-21 is ready but for now let us celebrate 20 years,” Kalimbe said.
He said they were also looking forward to holding another celebration in Lilongwe and then Mzuzu, resources permitting.
“We want everyone to be part and parcel of this celebration and, with our base in Blantyre, we had to start here. Music is our passion and our songs are there to bring hope to the hopeless,” Kalimbe said.
The group jumped on stage late on after the audience had enjoyed a performance of Thocco Katimba of the ‘Anaphi’ fame.
Their routine saw them going back to their early days offering songs such as ‘Ndasaina’ and ‘Ndasamba M’manja’ before moving to the present to dish out tracks such as ‘Zimandikwanira.’
In all these songs, people sang along before the group paved the way for Great Angels Choir.
It would, however, have been better if the group performed for a long time, being their celebration, but, with time running out, they had to leave the stage to Great Angels Choir.
The Lilongwe-based group took advantage of their set to remind people of their latest album Ufumu Umodzi Suwukirana to be launched next year in April.
Other artists who spiced up the celebration include Favoured Martha.
Some of Ndirande Anglican Voices’ albums are Tiyeni Tonse, Mulungu Amatikondera and Namondwe Tonthola.