A poetry feast dubbed Nthukutila ya Ndakatulo excited the audience at Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) where comedian Andrea Thonyiwa alias Mr Jokes was the centre of attraction.
It has been a long time since Mr Jokes performed at BCC and his entry which came late due to a prolonged lineup attracted cheers from the audience.
Before his business of comics, Mr Jokes showed his dance moves as he danced to Zambian artist Mr Magigi’s hit ‘Nilibe Pulobulemu’ and some young women joined him on stage.
He then went on offering his act hitting at ‘men of God’ and Christians.
Some of his jokes left the audience in stitches while others could not stand out as they were not fresh.
“I am excited to be back, of course it’s been a long time but Mr Jokes is still active and there is more to come including a new movie I am working on,” said Mr Jokes.
It was a platform that also saw music performances that came from Neligo Women Choir, Joseph Chirwa, Eliza Mponya, Ronald Thamakera, Smack and Black Nina.
While some musicians impressed the audience, others did not.
Poet Sylvester Kalizang’oma, who is spearheading Nthukutila ya Ndakatulo, said they were happy with the turnout and the performances.
“This is just the beginning but more is coming. All we want is to uplift up and coming poets but also help uplift poetry complementing the works of Poetry Association of Malawi,” said the ‘Unkalindanji Moyo’ star who also performed.
But while appreciating the different talents, some people bemoaned the delays by the organisers.
“I think they had a long list and instead they just had too much, next time they should do better on the lineup to avoid delaying things,” said Alfred Kampani.
Other artists who performed on the day included Atcheya, dancers GYV and poets Luckier Chikopa, Kenneth Khondiwa, Samuel Joseph, Raphael Sitima, Yohane Pangani and Madalitso Nyambo, who was also the master of ceremonies.
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