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Ric Hassani performs late at Blue Elephant

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It was the same old song of late show up for artists during shows as Nigerian artist Ric Hassani jumped on stage in the early hours of Saturday at Blue Elephant in Blantyre.

His act did also not last for long as he performed only a few songs before bowing out.

This was Hassani’s second outing in the country having performed at Lake of Stars Festival at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi last year where he failed to spark.

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The afro-pop musician, who jetted into the country on Thursday, jumped on stage soon after the audience had been treated to Tay Grin’s performance.

While at Lake of Stars, Hassani was completely a shadow of himself, it was a different story at Blue Elephant where he showed signs of maturity in his performance.

Dressed in a traditional suit made from the African print of Chitenje, Hassani started his performance with some unknown songs before getting down to the popular hits Dance Dance Baby Dance and Double Double.

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Dance Dance Baby and Double Double were the only songs that had people singing along and dancing.

The stage looked small though for the Nigerian singer’s performance which had some energy to it strengthened by his dancing team.

With DJ Cool doing the magic on the decks, Hassani’s voice to some extent was no that juicy while his dancing was attractive.

The artist, who interacted with some of the country’s artists before he jumped on stage including Piksy, Theo Thomson and Tay Grin, said he was happy to be back in Malawi.

“I love Malawi so much and I got in love with it having performed at Lake of Stars. I just want to say thank you for the support and love shown. I will try as much to do collaborations with Malawian artists among them working with Tay Grin,” he said adding that he is taking the right direction in his music career.

The artist also said he was happy to have received three nominations in the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (Afrima) and that he was looking forward to the best.

“Being nominated just shows the progress I have made with my music. I am still not yet there but I am working hard to use music in promoting my African continent,” he said.

With several shows happening on the same night in the commercial city of Blantyre, Hassani’s show dubbed The Return of Summer Fever with Ric Hassani failed to pull a huge audience.

Tay Grin also had a short performance but managed to drop his popular songs Chipapapa which he collaborated with Nigerian star 2Baba and Kanda which he did with Sonye and Nigeria’s Orezi.

He also had time to perform the song Sugar Mummie with Sonye which is expected to be released any time soon.

There was also a performance from Biggie Lu and Piksy of the Angozo fame.

After the Blantyre show, Hassani was expected to have his last show at Discorium in Lilongwe on Saturday night.

They want to give a platform to the country’s artists to shine.

There was also a performance from DJ Maya, who is the 2016 Carlsberg Chill DJ competition runner up.

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