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Paul Banda, Mlaka Maliro shine in Mzuzu

Legendary musician Paul Banda on Sunday showed why he was given the title of ‘Sir’ when he left patrons satisfied with his fine performance at Mzuzu Tourist Lodge.

The old-timer put up a spirited non-stop performance that left patrons begging for more.

Although it took him some time to tune his guitar, Paul, who is a brother to another successful musician Lucius, offered quality sound backed by Alleluya Band.

He told the audience later that he was not there for speeches but to offer them his vibes.

Paul then went straight into gear dishing out several of his songs which included ‘Achimwene Muzigona Kunyumba,’ ‘Zonse Nzabwino,’ ‘Ndakhala Naye,’ ‘Mtendere,’ ‘Mwanayo,’ ‘Chipulumutso,’ and ‘Malilime.’

“I am happy with the warm reception. I will surely be back,” he said.

The musician then hailed Alleluya Band members for supporting him throughout since he came back on the stage.

The show went on well despite having a power problem as there was no electricity from Escom and the organisers used a generator starting from 4pm until 8pm when Escom power was restored.

The performances on the afternoon started with Alleluya band members of Madalitso Taferakaso and Charles Mafukeng’i who inspired the fans with the Gule wamkulu traditional dance fused with songs which included ‘Galu Wamfumu,’ and ‘Bonya.’

Alleluya Band leader Paul Subili who paved the way for Paul Banda also did well and there was also a performance from Coss Chiwalo.

Musician Mlaka Maliro also did well during the concert performing songs such as ‘Kamandidutsadutsa,’ surprising the audience since he is now into gospel music.

But Mlaka defended himself saying this is a love song which has a rich message.

Phungu Joseph Nkasa was also a marvel to watch as he offered an energetic performance.

The concert started in the afternoon and went all the way to midnight.

Organiser of the show Sydney Simumbu, who is the owner of Kunyanja Private, thanked people for patronising the show saying his idea, was to keep them entertained.

Simumbu then pledged to bring more artists to Mzuzu.

Next on schedule is Black Missionaries which will perform on christmas eve, on December 24.

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