Patience Namadingo has postponed the reggae mashup concerts which he was supposed to hold in Blantyre and Lilongwe later this month.
The concerts featuring among others, reggae group Black Missionaries and Lucius Banda, were scheduled to take place on March 27 2020 at Comesa Hall in Blantyre and March 28 at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
“I have just come out of the meeting now [yesterday] and we have agreed to postpone the two concerts to a later date due to the coronavirus risk,” he said.
Despite the country not having registered any coronavirus case, Namadingo said it was important for them to postpone the concerts.
“The health of the fans is very important and we thought we should take that decision,” he said. Some countries in Europe have postponed different events including football matches due to coronavirus.
In South Africa, organisers of one of the top festivals—Cape Town Jazz Festival—have postponed the festival which was scheduled to take place on March 27 and 28 2020. Namadingo has initiated mashup projects which have seen him working on songs with Lucius Banda and Billy Kaunda.
The poster for March 27 and 28 concerts, however, did not have Billy Kaunda on the lineup. But Namadingo said Kaunda, Mlaka Maliro, Ethel Kamwendo Banda and Giddes Chalamanda would come in the April release.
On having Black Missionaries on the lineup, the ‘Msati Mseke’ star, who has worked with Mitengeli Choir releasing the song ‘Ndalama’, and has also dropped a track titled ‘Mapulani’, said they were doing covers on the late Evison Matafale. Namadingo said as of now they will continue with their original plans to release the Black Missionaries mashup part before the end of five days from Wednesday.
Meanwhile, St Andrews which was also expected to hold its annual musical shows has also cancelled them. One of the teachers, Kelvin Troughton, said they have responded to coronavirus fears and that all they were doing now was to film the show – Matilda a Musical and make a DVD.