Soldier gets poor patronage in Zomba gig


Soldier Lucius Banda got poor patronage during his show at The Vibes in Zomba on Saturday.

The Balaka-based musician said he was disappointed with the turnout.

He called on people to support artists when they organise shows, saying they invest a lot of money in events.


“We tried our best to send more posters for people to see and patronise this show but it seems there was a lapse on the part of the owners to put them up in good time,” Lucius said.

He opened his account on the night with a track titled ‘Nara’ originally done by Tim Godfrey featuring Travis Greene.

Despite the setback on patronage, Lucius, backed by his Zembani Band, put up a spirited performance that also saw him offering a number of songs from his albums and they include ‘Nthawi’, ‘Kuyenda Ngati Nkhunda’, ‘Mabala’ and


‘Madalitso Anga’.

There was also space for him during the show to entertain people with a mash-up in which he collaborated with Patience Namadingo but in the absence of Namadingo, who is based in Zambia, he performed it with Sam Smack.

Before starring in the mash-up with Lucius, Sam Smack also had a performance and treated the audience to his songs which included ‘Sofia’ and ‘Ndimasilira’.

Earlier on, people also sampled a performance from Lucius’ son Johnny, better known as Mr Zembani.

With more room for improvement and yet to release his own songs, Johnny basked in the glory of his father’s songs.

Husky-voiced musician Nepman closed the curtain on the night and performed for more than an hour.

On his lineup included songs such as ‘Mkazi wa ku Zomba’, ‘Na Lero’, ‘Ndidikireko’, ‘Wamphamvu’ and ‘Wadutsa Pompa’.

One of the fans who patronised the show, Misozi Mkata, said she enjoyed the show.

“I love Soldier’s music and I was impressed with his performance. It was a night well spent,” she said.

Before performing in Zomba, Lucius had a show in Mwanza, where he received good patronage.

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