After several reggae mash-ups with some prominent musicians such as Soldier Lucius Banda and Black Missionaries among others, now Patience Namadingo has connected with legendary Giddes Chalamanda popularly known as AGide in his latest musical episode.
In the latest reggae mash-up music video which has already hit the market, Namadingo has also revealed that FDH Bank will build a grocery for him.
Namadingo as the brand ambassador of FDH Bank also declares in the music video that Chalamanda, was now a ‘retired musician’.
“Today, I want you to retire. Giddes Chalamanda is now a retired musician but now what can we do to make sure that as you retire, you should live a comfortable life?” Namadingo tells Chalamanda in the music video.
He then goes on to say that FDH will build a grocery for the 90-year old legendary musician, who but still swimming in poverty.
The move comes barely a week after Namadingo also announced that he would assist an up and coming musician Made See real name Medson Kapeni with FDH Bank pumping in K2 million for the initiative.
The reggae mash up with Chalamanda has been well-done and has seen the two artists blending well.
Some of the songs in the mash-up include ‘Liny’, ‘Napolo’, ‘Buffalo Soldier’, and ‘Che Meli’.
FDH Bank Public Relations Officer Lorraine Lusinje confirmed the development yesterday.
“It is a package for him and it includes a grocery and being Banki Pakhomo agent,” Lusinje said.
Davis Njobvu of the Edgar ndi Davis Band which has been starring with Chalamanda, welcomed the development Tuesday saying they had no problem with anyone working with Chalamanda provided it was for his benefit.
“That is why we got involved with him in the first place. In one of my early meetings with him, I said to him, I am not a music promoter and I don’t promise you riches but I want to work with you on stage that will bring you to the people who love your music,” he said.
He said immediately after they started working with him, the legendary musician got his first mobile phone from Soldier Lucius Banda then a pair of brand new shoes from Eunice Chipangula and then a guitar from Stuart Miller of Chameleon Four Seasons.
“Then there is the United States of America trip which was made possible through hard work, sacrifice and collaboration of many Malawians within Malawi and the diaspora. So naturally, we are elated with the coming in of FDH Bank,” Njobvu said.
He said this has been their prayers as Chalamanda’s partners.
“Edgar ndi Davis Band wish to thank the directors and management of FDH Bank for the promise of a grocery and surprise retirement package to Giddes Chalamanda. We are happy to see that the corporate sponsor has come in to recognise Chalamanda, who we regard as a hero and a true legend,” Njobvu said.
On Chalamanda’s wife, Abiti Alfred’s sentiments in the mash-up that he had been dumped by music partners, Njobvu said:
“Everyone knows Gidde’s story and we love Abiti Alfred just as much as we love Giddes Chalamanda,” he said.