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Soldier Lucius Banda on Sunday was all smiles when his gig at Premier Lodge in Blantyre drew a giant audience.

Premier Lodge turned out to be too small as it was filled to the brim.

Some people could not stand the heat inside and instead enjoyed the sound outside.

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The show which also featured curtainraisers in Nepman and Sam Smak went all the way to the early hours of Monday with Soldier coming later on.

Nepman, who has made a mark in the music circles with his husky voice, warmed up the stage for Lucius.

The Tonga boy, putting on a black suit, performed for some time and even had a moment dropping cover songs from other artists.

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There was also a time the Ndirande-based artist performed Oliver Mtukudzi’s song collaborating with veteran musician Saul Chembezi.

Chembezi, who is active performing with Super Boys Band a t Sunbird Mount Soche’s Sportsman’s Bar in Blantyre, impressed the audience before he was tasked by the crowd to dish out another of Mtukudzi’s songs.

Lucius opened his routine with ‘Nthawi,’ a song that has turned into an anthem for many of his fans.

Backed by his Zembani Band, the musician went on to dish one song after the other from his collection of albums that had people singing along.

This was a memorial show in remembrance of Jones Chirwa, a father to Twikale, who created the Premier Lodge brand. Chirwa died in 2014.

The sound output however, was not perfect as the equipment seemed not to have been well balanced.

But save for this problem, people enjoyed the gig.

Lucius thanked people for coming in large numbers to the show.

“Firstly I would like to thank God for the success of this show. People have really given me the support and I appreciate. It’s time Malawians supported artists because without them there would be no progress,” he said.

The musician said entertainment was important in society in that it brings happiness during times of troubles.

“Artists through their art make people forget problems but they can only do more when they are given the full support just like they have done today,” Lucius said.

The artist, who is also a legislator, then observed that the country needs to invest in venues and other facilities for arts and culture.

“We need a lot of facilities, for now we don’t have enough. We cannot be relying on stadiums which are not meant for performances. We need facilities that can cater for all the arts from theatre to music,” said the ‘Son of A Poor Man’ star.

Lucius then zeroed in on the Jamaican reggae group concert featuring Kenyatta Hill maintaining that they are coming without fail and that everything was in its place.

“We are very good and everything is okay. We have the equipment and the two venues are set. They are arriving on May 31st,” he said.

The first show is at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall in Blantyre on June 2, with the last one at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on June 3.

“We tried to find bigger venues in Blantyre but we were not successful. We wanted Blantyre Sports Club but we were not successful and Mibawa came in handy. Their venue is good with proper equipment. All we ask people is to buy the tickets in advance as we will not exceed the capacity. Once it’s full we will close,” Lucius said.

He indicated that the tickets are available now stressing that they are also secure.

Culture and Kenyatta Hill will be performing in the country for the first time courtesy of Lucius’ Impakt Events.

“As Impakt Events we are growing, last year we had Busy Signal and we created a reputation with him. The Culture show is a test for Blantyre. Busy Signal has spoken good of Malawi and this is why we have a lot of Jamaican artists knocking on our doors to perform here,” said the musician.

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