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The Great Angels brings back Sipho Makhabane

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South Africa’s renowned gospel musician, Sipho Makhabane, better known as the ‘Big Fish’ famed for the hit ‘Over and Over’, had a bad outing in the country last year.

The veteran musician was brought into the country by National Product Magazine led by Steve Chinyamula for a performance at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe.

There was no show for the veteran musician, who left the country disappointed.

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But ‘The Big Fish’ is coming back, this time courtesy of The Great Angels Choir.

Makhabane confirmed in a video interview that he was coming to Malawi to perform at the same venue on September 29.

“I am coming to Malawi on September 29 at BICC in Lilongwe to the launch of a website for The Great Angels Choir,” he said.

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The musician said last year that he would come back in order to compensate Malawians for the no-show.

The Great Angels Choir’s music director, Ephraim Zonda, also confirmed that Makhabane was coming to Malawi.

“We are excited to bring back The Big Fish. Everything is in place and he is coming with his full band. As The Great Angels Choir, we have invited him to be part of the launch of our website. He is the guest artist,” Zonda said.

He said Makhabane will alive on September 26 and that after his arrival there will be a press conference.

“Apart from the performance, we will also have a workshop on September 27 where 50 musicians will be part of it and we are also looking at another event where The Great Angels and Sipho Makhabane will donate items to a prison or hospital,” he said.

Zonda said, as a gospel group, they thought it wise to move with technology by creating a platform to reach out to their fans, hence creating a website.

“This website will be hosted from USA and through this website people will be able to get more information on the group as well as get to buy our music online,” he said.

Zonda also said that on September 29, before the main event, they will have a presentation as part of engaging the corporate world.

He said, through the website, they will also be able to assist fellow artists to sell their music.

Zonda said the advance tickets for the event are K10,000 while at the gate the entry fee is K15,000 for standard tickets.

“We also have the entry fee of K25,000 for VIP single and K40,000 couple. And for the VVIP, it’s K50,000 single,” he said.

Makhabane’s breakthrough came in the mid-90s with songs ‘Ngitinikela Kuwe’ and ‘Yek’intokozo’.

He went on to release a string of big-selling albums, including Calvary (2001) and Moya Wami in 2003.

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