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Thomas Chibade bemoans piracy, promises new album

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Once a darling to many in the past years, musician Thomas Chibade has been out of the music landscape for some time.

But the musician said on Friday that he is around, still in music and currently based in Lilongwe.

Now part of Anthu Ambiri Band, Chibade on Friday performed at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall in Blantyre, for the first time sharing the stage with legendary Paul Banda, Kaka, DNA and Rod Valamanja.

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The artist attracted cheers from the sizeable audience that patronised the show, which went all the way to the early hours of Saturday.

Chibade dropped several of his songs from his albums and some fans even made requests by giving him money.

However, the musician failed to utilise the stage and his energy levels were not 100 percent. At times, there were also gaps in coordination with the band showing that there is need for more rehearsals to perfect his performances.

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Chibade said he was happy to perform at Mibawa for the first time as well as to share the stage with Paul.

“I am happy; this is the first time to perform at Mibawa. And sharing the stage with Paul Banda is a great honour. I just want to let people know that I am still around and I have not stopped performing,” he said.

As regards releasing albums, Chibade said he took a break but revealed that he will drop one this year.

“I took a break but this year, I will release an album. I am not the only one not releasing albums, there are also other musicians. The biggest challenge is piracy and then the closure of OG Issa killed the market big time,” he said.

Chibade was one of the musicians who benefited a lot from OG Issa, selling more copies.

“These days, you work on new songs but before you put it on the market, your songs have already been pirated. Once you release an album, there is nothing that you benefit, so it’s hard,” Chibade said.

The pint-sized musician, who started his music career in 2005, said although it was hard, he will continue his music exploits.

“I have already recorded the new album and I will start promotion very soon. I will still work hard, although the market is still not conducive,” the ‘Mau Anga’ star said.

He said the name Anthu Ambiri Band should not be mistaken as a group that has more people but rather it is a band that wants to give a platform to artists who have a name in the industry.

Chibade, popularly known as Che Nkhumba, has six albums to his credit among them Zatukusira, Mufase and Kuno Nkumanda

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