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Skeffa Chimoto replaces Soldier in Christmas Phungwe

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CHRISTMAS GIFT—Skeffa perform

Lilongwe-based musician Skeffa Chimoto and Real Sounds Band turned into headliners of the Entertainers Promotions Christmas Phungwe concert at the eleventh hour replacing Soldier Lucius Banda and Zembani Band at Motel Paradise in Blantyre.

Lucius and Zembani Band were billed to perform at the Christmas Phungwe but pulled out later following the sudden death of musician Walycris Wanyengo, who died in Zimbabwe on Friday following a bus accident.

Walycris Wanyengo famed for the hit ‘Achalume’ had performances in South Africa with Zembani Music Company.

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His remains are likely to arrive in the country on Wednesday or Thursday according to South Africa-based promoter Samuel Mwale, who has been communicating with Matours Bus and the deceased’s relatives.

“Lucius and Zembani Band could not go ahead to perform at the Christmas Phungwe with the death of Walycris Wanyengo and that is why we brought in Skeffa Chimoto and Real Sounds Band,” Entertainers Promotions’ Director Tonderai Banda said.

The entertainment outfit is also expected to hold a Big White Party at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre on December 31.

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The concert started on Christmas Eve and spilled over to the wee hours of Christmas with Skeffa performing for a long time before paving way for Mapale Band featuring veteran guitarists Peter Likhomo and Collen Ali.

Despite his performance experiencing technical glitches for some periods, Skeffa made sure the not-so- huge audience enjoyed the Christmas Phungwe gig.

In between his performance, Skeffa took time out to thank people for their support saying they were where they are because of them.

“We sing and perform for you and this is why we are here. We are thankful for walking with us throughout 2022 despite the challenges. I was not billed to perform here but due to other challenges, I had to come in. This is the festive season and so, I just want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. Let us celebrate responsibly and do not drink and drive,” he said.

His musical package included ‘Kankha’, ‘Ali Mbali Yanga’ and ‘Chinamuluma Chakuda’ with people singing along to most of the songs.

Saul Chembezi of the ‘Azisiya’ fame showed his experience when he gave the audience all-out entertainment with his set that saw him doing a few of his numbers with the rest covers but managed to win the hearts of the people.

Award winning star Driemo also won the hearts of the audience particularly ladies with his love songs which included ‘Compensation’ and ‘Mojo’, which won the Best Music Video Award during the 2022 Maso Awards.

“I have never performed at Motel Paradise. It is the first time and I have enjoyed every moment. I am happy to entertain people especially this being the festive season,” he said.

Made Cee also had his share during the show hosted by Selekta Rokaz but performed with a CD. The other act also came from Tony Chitimatima.

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