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Power shortage nearly stopped reggae group Black Missionaries show at Ozone Refreshment Centre in Machinjiri, Blantyre on Sunday.

There was no power from Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), forcing the management of the entertainment centre to use generators which also could not bring power after several efforts.

Some people could not brave the wait and left while others remained until late when the show started after Escom power was restored.

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“We gave up that this show would not take place because even after using different generators, things were not working but God is good all the time and finally things worked although late. We know some people were frustrated and left but we thank those who remained and made the show a success,” Blacks lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani said.

Black Missionaries performed at the centre having also had other performances in the same city at Motel Paradise on Friday and Milestones Lodge on Saturday.

Some quarters actually feel the reggae group had too many shows in Blantyre over the weekend a thing which to some extend dilutes some of their outings.

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The show at Ozone saw the return on stage of Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa, who has not been performing for close to two months due to illness.

His absence has created stories from people with some speculating that he had parted ways with Black Missionaries.

Black Missionaries continued to use Makondetsa in their posters despite his absence with some people saying the reggae group was not doing justice to their audience.

Anjiru in previous interviews said they were including him in the posters because there were times he had indicated he would be available only for situations to change.

Makondetsa’s first performance was at Milestones Lodge where he is said to have performed for a long time and he continued the trend at Ozone performing for sometime before bowing out at around to 9pm.

“I am happy to be back. I was sick and was advised by doctors to rest but now I am getting better. I cannot just come out with a full bang, I am taking things gradually until I get there but I thank God that I am now fine and I am around,” said the Mbumba Ya Abrahamu star soon after jumping off stage.

He added: “Some people have been spreading different stories on my absence with others saying I had parted ways with Black Missionaries but it’s all a lie. I was sick that is what people need to know even if I was not at the hospital.”

Makondetsa said he had some chest pains which have been making it difficult for him when perform.

“When I was performing I was feeling pain so it was difficult and I had to go for scanning and have been on medication. I apologise to Malawians for my absence but some knew I was sick while others didn’t know but I thank God for being with me throughout,” he said.

Before Makondetsa’s set, there were also performances earlier from other Chileka siblings, namely Yanjanani Chumbu and Khozie Masimbe.

The audience which did not want the show to end, also had time to sample a performance later on from Manga Mabuleki hit maker, Francis Dangoman Kadango, who has since finalised his latest album to be out very soon.

Blacks as usual were the last to perform and they performed for a long time offering songs from their Kuimba albums.

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