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Soldier u-turns on 100 people shows

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LUCIUS — We are not going ahead with the shows

Barely a day after announcing that he would want to try out 100 people shows following some of the measures made by President Peter Mutharika of restricting public gatherings to less than 100 people, Soldier Lucius Banda has decided not to hold the shows.

The musician had indicated that he wanted to hold 100 people shows next weekend where people would pay K10,000.

He also indicated on his Facebook page that part of the proceeds from the shows were to buy soap and other necessities to be donated to prisons in the fight against coronavirus.

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But while some people welcomed Lucius’ idea, others, felt this was not a good idea taking into consideration that it would still put people at risk.

“We are not going ahead with the shows, much as a good number of people said go ahead, those who said no, had valid points,” Lucius said.

He said fellow musician Gwamba, who has since postponed the launch of his album titled Mama Said God First which was to take place at Mzuzu Stadium this coming Saturday, had suggested that he records a song for the cause.

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“Gwamba said I just needed to do a song and put it online and then notify people that the aim is to buy such things as soap for the prison,” he said.

Lucius also said he came to realise that the 100 people does not make sense.

“One hundred people doesn’t make sense and it also depends on social distance, the whole thing is complicated, so we will just get views from those who want to assist and others have pledged and so they would be following the pledges” he said.

Artists such as Piksy and Black Missionaries also indicated that they had shows but had postponed them until the situation normalises.

Some artists have however called on the government, corporate world and Non-governmental organistions to utilise them in disseminating information on coronavirus.

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