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Soldier to revisit 2 of Allan Namoko’s songs

Soldier Lucius Banda is set to re-record two of legendary musician Allan Namoko’s songs which he intends to add to his new album, Love and Hate.

The artist revealed this on Saturday during his performance at Club 24/7 at Chileka in Blantyre.

Soldier said the songs he has selected are the famous ‘Zonse ndi Moyo’ and ‘Anzanga’.

“Muli bwanji Blantyre. I am happy we have met again. We are meeting after sometime. This afternoon, I was in Thyolo, as I was waiting for this show I decided to visit Allan Namoko’s family. I am happy to have interacted with Allan Namoko’s sister aunt Felia Namoko. It was nice to chat with the family,” Lucius said.

He said Namoko has always been one of his favourite artists of that generation hence revisiting his two songs.

“There are two songs I would like to record again. I can only manage two songs for now,” Lucius said, before giving the audience a taste of one of the songs titled ‘Anzanga’.

He, however, said he was still working on the two songs.

“I am targeting late this year or early next year to have the album ready. But as people wait for the album, I will be releasing singles,” Lucius said.

He described Namoko’s songs as mature and powerful.

“Take for instance the song ‘Zonse ndi Moyo’, the message is deep. As I indicated earlier, he is one of my favourite artists of that generation, his voice was unique and the way he wrote his songs was simple with simple messages but mature,” he said.

Born in 1956, Namoko died in 1995.

“Her sister is now 75 years but I was also concerned because despite Allan Namoko’s songs being played almost every day in the local radio stations, the family does not receive royalties. I, therefore, would like to call upon Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) to look into this issue,” the ‘Mabala’ star said.

But Cosoma Senior Licensing Officer, Rosario Kamanga, indicated Monday that the royalties go to the bereaved family and that the list was generated in consultation with the family.

Coming to the show, the last time Lucius performed at Club 24/7, he attracted a huge audience but this time it was not that big.

The show delayed to start and saw Soldier performing late on as he jumped on stage close to midnight.

But despite that, the artist made sure he compensated by performing for some time.

“For me being a Sunday, the show could have started earlier so as to end in good time because some of us are supposed to go to work tomorrow (yesterday). I have been forced to stay on because I love Lucius,” Leonard Tembo, one of the fans, said.

Lucius also had three shows in the Southern Region over the weekend with the Club 24/7 the last one.

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