Paul Banda steals show before show


When music lovers, after a long time of listening to the same songs and developing a liking for them, become part of the gravity of a musician’s compositions, there is no way time can bury their love for music.

That is why some people’s liking for songs composed before the 1994 elections has stretched into 2017, and probably beyond.

Who else better represents the enduring power of music than veteran musician Paul Banda?


The Balaka-based musician on Sunday attracted all the attention to himself outside Mibawa Multi-Purpose Hall in Blantyre— even before his actual performance actually begun.

Artists, ranging from poets, musicians and mimickers—such as renowned mimicker, playwright and actor— Frank Naligonje, thronged him.

And Paul, for once turning his attention to the people who thronged him and not his guitar, kept on smiling. That broad, knowing smile of a man who has scaled the heights in music, without losing those attributes that make us human.


And, for once, The Daily Times arts crew went to the show just to observe how Banda spent his time outside the hall. The focus was actually how he spent his time before storming the stage.

His outside performance, in terms of interacting with people, was impressive.

His performance inside Mibawa Multi- Purpose Hall— as well as the performances of urban music artists, gospel musicians, poets, comedians, among others— is a story for another day!

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