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Poor turnout at Peter Kumilayi’s show

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Gospel musician Peter Kumilayi suffered a setback on Sunday as the launch of his album Ndiyimbabe Mwa Yesu at Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) attracted a low patronage.

The gospel musician said after the launch that he was hoping for a good audience having put up a strong line up of artists.

“I prepared well for this launch and I was anticipating a better audience. All the same I am not worried, I just want to thank God that this launch has materialised,” Kumilayi said.

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Having not had enough shows on his own and with his name new to many despite some of his songs enjoying airplay in some of the local radio stations, it was obvious the artist would find it hard to pull a good audience.

The situation was even made difficult in that there was a soccer match at Kamuzu Stadium just a stone throw from BCC, an Urban Music Party (UMP) Festival at BAT Ground and a Black Missionaries show at Ozone Refreshment Centre in Machinjiri.

Some quarters also felt the artist did not give room to his second album to be appreciated fully before the launch.

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Kumilayi performed live during the launch and showed signs of maturity but he needs more time for training as he lacked the energy on stage.

The artist managed to move the audience with some of his songs with the title track on top of it all.

The album which was recorded at Wakankhunda Multimedia in Blantyre by Dick Kankhunda, who also played the keys during the launch received support from the audience during auction.

It was a platform where the audience sampled music and poetry.

Some of the artists that spiced up the launch included Peter Sambo, who has been out of the stage for some time, Khama Khwiliro, Neligo Womens Choir and Steve Wazisomo Muliya, who closed the curtains on the day.

Aunt Geti real name Kenwood Sambalika, who mimics former president Joyce Banda, also performed during the launch.

Poetry on the day came from Sylvester Kalizang’oma, who dished out his popular poem Unkalindanji Moyo and Joseph Madzedze of the Achikabudula fame.

Random interviews with people indicated that they enjoyed the show especially that it combined music and poetry.

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