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Soldier finds new venue in Mangochi

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After being starved of proper venues for performances for a long time, Lucius Banda and Zembani Banda last Friday opened a new place in Mangochi.

The musician, better known as Soldier, described the opening of the venue as a relief to him and other artists in Mangochi, particularly at Makawa Trading Centre.

Known as Club 700, the venue is expected to provide an option for artists in the area as far as live performances are concerned.

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Speaking in an interview after performing at the venue, Lucius said the place takes the district back to the time of Chinyangala when it used to host a lot of live acts.

Lucius famed for songs such as ‘Mabala,’ and ‘Paulendo’ said Club 700 has a good environment and that the facility is fit enough to host performances.

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“When I was told about this place, I had a lot of doubts. But after seeing it, I said to myself that Malawians are now serious about promoting arts through live performances,” said the musician.

Before Lucius took to the stage, the audience sampled, performances from other Zembani siblings among them Sam Simakweli, who is also the group’s bandleader.

Going by the name Sam Smak, Simakweli also said he was impressed with the venue.

“This is a good venue. Temperatures are always high in Mangochi but this open space provides a good environment for both artists and fans,” said the singer and keyboardist.

During his set, Simakweli took patrons down memory lane when he dished out songs originally done by late Paul Chaphuka.

After performing a few of Chaphuka’s songs, Simakweli turned to his own songs.

Some of his songs he offered include ‘Bubile’, ‘Sofiya’ and ‘Ndimasilira’.

Nepman also performed during the gig and warmed up the stage for Lucius.

Being a new venue, Lucius did not disappoint. He arrived at the venue earlier than usual and he performed for close to two hours until the early hours of Saturday.

“This is a nice performance I have watched by Zembani for a long time. The guys were on point today,” said Jones Mafulano, a patron who travelled all the way from Mangochi Boma.

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