After hitting a snag in some of their previous events by attracting low patronage and making losses, Team Entertainers finally hit the jackpot as its Phungwe show held at Motel Paradise in Blantyre got a lion’s share of the audience.
There were so many shows on Friday night which was Good Friday but the Phungwe got the best of crowds that enjoyed music vibes from Friday through to the early hours of Saturday.
Just a few kilometres from Motel Paradise, there was another show at Sunbird Mount Soche organised by gospel musician Princess Chitsulo, who shared the stage with Lulu.
This was the first Phungwe show for Team Entertainers this year and it lived up to its billing.
By midnight, Motel Paradise was full to its capacity.
Some of the acts who performed on the night include Police Orchestra who, led by lead singer and guitarist Andy Kamangwa, entertained fans with songs that rekindled memories of their past exploits.
Kamangwa told the audience that the group has two female members, who kept people entertained with their dancing skills. They also had the opportunity to show their vocal ability, dishing out cover songs each.
Pol ice Orches t ra did well, although there were moments the sound was too loud for the ear, coupled with feedback from microphones and this needed balancing on the mixer.
Black Missionaries and other Chileka siblings, including Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa, came up next.
But the prolonged sound checks continued to be a pain in the flesh of fans, as Black Missionaries and team took more time to put their arsenal together.
It took long to balance the equipment which frustrated many people who were tired of waiting as time was running out.
It happens most of the times that when Black Missionaries jump on stage, they use their own keyboards and that means restarting the whole process of sound check.
This surely has to be improved by the band as it kills the tempo of the show and, in this case, Police Orchestra had already warmed the stage before it got cold again.
But, once the sound was perfect, the audience enjoyed reggae songs starting off with Khonzie Masimbe, who told the audience that he is finalising his new album Utatu Woyera.
Masimbe has been performing with Black Missionaries for more years now and he has gained the much needed experience.
Masimbe also appealed to the audience to celebrate Eas ter perfect ly and remember the pains that Jesus Christ went through in order to save mankind.
The other performance on the night came from Yanjanani Chumbu, before Makondetsa took over the stage, attracting a huge applause.
Makondetsa, who is also set to launch an album later this year, gave the fans an electric performance that had them singing along to most of his songs. He performed for almost one and half hours non-stop.
“We would like to thank Team Entertainers for organising this Phungwe and thank people for coming in large numbers,” Makondetsa said.
Some of the tracks he dished out include ‘Mu Yuda’, ‘Mbumba Ya Abraham’ and ‘Sekuru’.
Black Missionaries, led by lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani, continued from where Makondetsa had left and they too gave out their best by offering songs from their Kuimba albums.
There were also moments when they performed some cover songs from Gas Machine Head and Mulemena Boys.
It was indicated that it was also a pre-launch of Blacks’ Kuimba 11 album but it was not to be as the Chileka reggae band never dished out any new songs.
Blacks compensated the fans for their delay in sound check as they performed for close to four hours.
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