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Symon and Kendall brighten Lukwa’s silver jubilee anniversary

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Musicians Symon Kamlaka and Kendall Kamwendo alongside Six Solid Band on Saturday entertained a huge audience at Chidzenje Primary School in Kasungu District during 25th anniversary celebrations of Senior Chief Lukwa’s chieftaincy.

Symon and Kendall were supposed to share the stage with South African veteran musician Pamela Nkutha, famous for songs such as ‘Muranziwa’ and ‘Melody’, who failed to make it.

Lukwa said the South African musician failed to make it at the 11th hour due to circumstances beyond her control.

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But in her absence, Symon and Kendall took it upon themselves to give people a treat, offering their songs that kept people on the dance floor and ended the anniversary celebration on a high.

In between their performance, the duo interacted with the audience and, in one moment, they invited people who competed in dancing. They also had time to throw some jokes.

Apart from music, traditional dances such as Gule Wamkulu and Chisamba took centre stage during the celebration, which was patronised by among others, former president Joyce Banda and former Chief Justice Richard Banda, Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda and Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, who represented President Lazarus Chakwera.

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The former president, who donated K1 million during the celebration which started with a church service, underscored the importance of traditional leaders, who she said are custodians of culture.

“We need to safeguard culture which is crucial in the development of the country. I am happy to be part of the celebration and I commend Senior Chief Lukwa for working tirelessly to unite people through culture,” Banda said.

Lukwa, born Felix Martin Banda, became Traditional Authority in October 1997 following the death of his uncle Lukwa Saizi, who died in 1996.

At that time, the traditional leader was serving in the Malawi Defence Force as an officer cadet trainer at Kamuzu Military College in Salima District.

Lukwa said he deliberately opened the celebration to all sectors of society “because, as chief, I have received support from across the board.

“I just want to thank all who came and made this event a success. I also wanted to show, through this event, that we are all one and need to work together,” the traditional leader, who received different gifts on the day, said.

The celebration also attracted a highly-powered delegation from Chewa King Kalonga Gawa Undi

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