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Soldier Lucius Banda on Sunday used the stage during a gig at B Square in Lumbazi, Dowa, to talk politics.

The musician took time off to advise fans to be cautious when choosing political leaders in next year’s tripartite elections, saying the country needs honest, corrupt free and development-cautious leaders.

Soldier, a parliamentarian for Balaka North Constituency, said the country has suffered a lot; hence, it needs leaders who are dedicated.

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Lucius offered a perfect performance at B Square backed by his Zembani Band.

Before Soldier jumped on stage, Zembani Band leader Sam Simakweli kicked off the show followed by ‘Nalelo’ creator Nepman.

Lucius made sure he upped the tempo of the show continuing from where the two had left off as he dished out a number of his old and latest tracks that included ‘Nthawi’ and ‘Mzimu wa Agadama’.

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His performance lasted him close to three hours to the satisfaction of the audience.

The climax of it all was when he performed ‘Chako’ from his latest album Crimes, which had people singing along.

This is a song in which the musician condemns corrupt practices by most politicians, who, according to the musician, are unpatriotic and they do not love their country.

“In the next three months, we are going to give you T-shirts, zitenje [party clothes] and whatsoever but I don’t want you to make another mistake for the next five years. I hope you will not make a bad decision this time around,” the musician said in between his performance.

Soldier said in an interview later that it pains him to see voters making a mistake that lasts them five years.

Initially, Soldier and Zembani Band were scheduled to perform at B Square Club from 2pm but, due to low turnout then, this forced the organisers to shift the show to the evening and this worked.

Earlier before Soldier ’s performance, up-and-coming musician Prince Friday also performed some of Lucius’ songs.

There was also a moment during the show when female dancehall artist, Wendy Harawa, collaborated with Soldier in ‘Wokondedwa’.

One of the patrons, Maureen John from Lilongwe, commended Soldier for a wonderful performance.

“I think Lucius has matured with time and his song selection was very good as he read the audience very well. Again, his advice on political choices is also crucial,” John said.

Lucius and Zembani Band have been on a nationwide tour promoting Crimes which has received an overwhelming response.

The album was first launched in South Africa.

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