Scallas Café small for Lulu


Scallas Café in Blantyre turned out to be too small for Lilongwe-based musician and producer Lulu as he pulled an impressive audience during a gig dubbed ‘Sunday Socials’.

Despite being a popular entertainment outfit in Blantyre where, among others, people enjoy live performances of Mingoli Band, the venue is small and does not have a proper stage for performances.

It was the same on Sunday when the venue failed to contain the audience with some people forced to enjoy the live performance outside.


In the absence of a proper stage, Lulu was forced to perform without a backing vocalist as the space only accommodated him and a few other members such as drummer, keyboardist, bassist and saxophonist Dan Sibale.

Inside the venue, it was full to capacity with some fans raising fears of coronavirus although the country has not yet registered any case.

But despite all this, people enjoyed Lulu’s show which went all the way to the early hours of Monday.


Lulu, who has just dropped a single titled ‘Ndalema’, which he also performed, entertained people with several of his songs most of which they sang along.

The ‘Mbambande’ and ‘Nzalera’ star had to perform some of the songs twice following public demand.

Towards the end of the gig, the artist also gave a chance to Sam Smack and Skeffa Chimoto, who were in the building.

Sam Smack, who stars with Lucius Banda and Zembani Band, dished out two songs including the love track ‘Sophia’ before giving the microphone back to Lulu, who later introduced Skeffa.

Before Skeffa performed at Scallas, he had performed a few songs at another show at Club XL in Blantyre on the same night where Twin M, Mingoli Band, Manzy and Katelele Ching’oma shared the stage.

Skeffa’s first entry saw him do a few tracks before Lulu invited him back to the stage to sign off and they collaborated in some songs originally done by other musicians.

There was a time Lulu told the audience that musicians should continue loving and working together and that there should not be elements of jealousy.

His remarks forced people to start chanting ‘Legend! Legend! Legend!

Skeffa also spoke highly about unity among musicians and that they should strive to work together and the same was also corroborated by Sam Smack.

Lulu said after the show that he was happy with the support he received.

“I always get massive support here, I know some people complained that the venue is small but there are some shows that we target such outings and then there are other shows where people go to venues such as Comesa,” he said.

He said he has plans to hold more performances in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

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