Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe is set to play host to two events on the same night.
The events, although of different nature are surely expected to divide people especially in an industry where such events share the same audience.
The first show is that of musician Lulu, who is launching his sixth album Better in Your Arms at the BICC Auditorium while the second show is that of Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (Apam) which is hosting the first ever Mr and Miss Albinism beauty pageant and talent show.
The Mr and Miss Albinism and Talent show is part of raising awareness on the potential of persons with albinism, among others.
The two events will also see the presence of Zambian musician, Bruce Simbwalanga, commonly known as B1.
However, according to Lulu, B1 will only make a special appearance at the Mr and Miss Albinism while at his launch he would offer his all in terms of a performance.
“I am ready, I have had massive rehearsals. Music is food for our souls. Better in Your Arms is an album which is very rich with different messages and there are also gospel songs,” Lulu said.
The 12-track album has songs such as ‘Nena Zam’mtima’, ‘Bayethe’, ‘Hannah’ and ‘Undipweteka’.
“It has been such a great time working on this album. All I ask people is to listen to the songs and get the message and again let them come and experience something different. It is a different launch and very unique,” Lulu said.
Apart from B1, some of the acts set to spice up the launch include Dan Chazama, Legend and Ro-Kho.
Lulu’s other albums are Mbambande, Kumalembe, Sindilola, Ndakudziwa and Mwayenera.
At the Mr and Miss Albinism, Apam programmes lead and event organising committee focal person, Peter Kayenda, said all was set for the event which will be spiced up by performances from John Chiti and B1 from Zambia and Charles Mailosi.
“We have 20 contestants, six females in fashion and four males then we have talent where we have two females and eight males,” Kayenda said.
Having announced recently that they had a shortfall of K32 million from a total budget of K72 million, Kayenda, said yesterday that they still had a shortfall.
“We still have the shortfall but suffice to say that after the presser, partners have been contacting us seeking partnership for the event. We would like to appeal for more ahead of the event,” Kayenda said.
He said they were excited that they are finally hosting the first ever Mr and Miss Albinism beauty pageant and talent show.
“We would like to thank our partners for the support they have rendered to us knowing that it is a standalone project, and therefore, we did not have any financial resources to bankroll the event,” he said.
Kayenda said selling out the concept was what had brought the resources.
“We call upon people to come and be part of this event. We know there are two events on the night but the other one is a musical event while ours is a beauty pageant,” he said.
The event will see the presence of Godfrey Mphatswe, a guest judge from South Africa, Tracey Chigwenjere, crowning guest, who is the second princess for the Miss Albinism Zimbabwe 2019, Brenda Mudzimu, guest judge from Zimbabwe and Jennifer Madiriza, guest (Miss Albinism Zimbabwe Trust).
Apam has indicated that the winners would walk away with, among other prizes, laptops and smartphones.