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By Sam Banda Jnr:

LUCIUS—We want to give people a treat

Soldier Lucius Banda is back from United States of America (USA) where he held a number of performances.

The musician, who went straight to business holding three gigs over the weekend, said he is now focusing on the Sand Music Festival to be held at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima from October 26 to 28 2018.

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“It feels great to be back home. I am also happy with the support I received from Malawians during all the performances,” Lucius said.

The musician, who has a new album Crimes to his collection, said he regrets that he has been refusing invitations to perform in USA.

“I have learnt a lot. Malawians leaving in all the corners of USA supported me during all the performances,” he said.

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Lucius said he went without a band because he could not afford the cost of tickets and the visas.

“So I used a five-piece band which included Apatsa Kwilimbe, who used to perform with Zembani Band and the team rehearsed all my songs,” he said.

During the trip, Lucius said he had time to confirm with Andrew Tosh and Kenyatta Hill, who he met.

“Let me assure all people that Kenyatta Hill and Andrew Tosh are coming and Sand Music Festival will come bigger,” he said.

Lucius added: “We have a strong package which includes Ammarra Brown; on Saturday it will be reggae time and then Sunday gospel”.

With Lake of Stars and Blantyre Arts festivals done and dusted, Lucius said they need to dig deeper to offer the best.

“We also have a group from Zambia Amayenge. This year we have taken artists from different countries and so we have a variety,” he said.

Coming to the show on Sunday at Village House in Blantyre, Lucius dished out several songs from all his albums.

Despite having other shows in Blantyre which included Blantyre Arts Festival, Lucius received his fair share of the audience.

There was even a moment when Lucius performed some of the political songs that he composed including the ‘Yellow’, song where he praised his former United Democratic Front party.

Now starring with United Transformation Movement, Lucius also invited Saul Chembezi to the stage to perform the movement’s song.

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