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Sound for mothers at Zitherepano

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

With the country celebrating Mothers’ Day today, some mothers were given an early treat at Zitherepano in Mangochi District where they enjoyed reggae vibes from Black Missionaries, Anthony Makondetsa, Yanjanani Chumbu, Khozie Masimbe and Chizondi Fumulani.

Apart from giving mothers a treat, the show, organised by Lunzu Secondary School Alumni, was aimed at raising funds to help the school which is facing several challenges including shortage of desks.

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Some of the mothers who made it to the show came for a Mother’s Day trip at Sunbird Nkopola but decided to make way to the show that started on Saturday and spilled over to the early hours of Sunday.

“I watched Black Missionaries long time ago and most of the times when they are performing I am busy. Today, as I was already in Mangochi for a Mothers’ Day treat, I thought of coming,” Judith Phiri, a Blantyre resident said.

Phiri said she enjoyed the show and that her favourite on the night was Makondetsa seconded by Black Missionaries.

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The show started late as, by 10pm, Zitherepano was not full to capacity. But the situation improved later on.

Chizondi was the first to hit the stage as he offered several songs, some of which were originally done by other reggae artists, with others coming from Kuimba albums.

Masimbe came up next followed by Chumbu, who enjoyed support after he performed cover songs ‘Bwenzi Langa,’ and Khunju Reggae’.

But it was Makondetsa, popularly known as Mr Cool, who upped the tempo of the show when he dished out songs from his latest album Ndagwira Mbendera.

Some of the songs are still new but people partied before Makondetsa took time to perform songs such as ‘Sekuru’, ‘Mu Yuda’, ‘Mbumba ya Abrahamu’, and ‘Suzampeza’.

“A good show. I have enjoyed it because there were more mothers. I just want to wish all mothers the very best and let them know that we are proud of them,” he said.

Makondetsa performed for close to one and half hours.

“People have welcomed my new album and the sales are good and much better than previous albums,” he said.

The ‘Kambelembele’ star also revealed that he is working on a DVD and that two promotional videos would be ready end this year.

One of the members of the organising team for Lunzu Secondary School Alumni, Stanley Daudi, described the show as a success.

“The show lived up to its billing; people had fun and, more importantly, mothers were given a good treat being Mothers Day. Our target is to raise K2 million so we have many activities lined up,” Daudi said.

Black Missionaries were the last act on the night and performed for over two hours entertaining the audience with their Kuimba albums.

Still basking in the glory of releasing a new album Kuimba 11, Blacks opened the chapter with songs from the album before going to the previous Kuimba albums.

“As musicians, we have a responsibility to assist the needy, hence using our musical talent to help Lunzu Secondary School alumni. We are also happy to celebrate mothers,” Anjiru said.

Blacks performed for more than two hours having jumped on stage around past 1am and retired at 4am.

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