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Thuthukani Cele in town

South African reggae acts Sister Phumi Maduna and Thuthukani Cele alongside the People Band formerly The Slaves are in the country ahead of the Reggae By Foot concert to be held at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe Saturday.

They jetted into the country on Wednesday through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe. They were given a perfect welcome by several Rastas, who gathered at the airport.

Sister Phumi and Cele alongside the band are in the country courtesy of Team Entertainers.

Cele, who used to work with fallen reggae maestro Lucky Dube is out with a new album titled Eyes for My Babe, which he worked with the country’s renowned producer Ralph Ching’amba.

The Reggae By Foot concert will give a chance to the veteran reggae artist, known for the hit ‘Usizi,’ to offer some of the songs.

The new album has a Chichewa song whose title is in English titled ‘Rainbow.’

In the song, featuring a female artist, Cele talks about the end of a storm, calling on children to “come out and pray.”

Fondly known to the fans as Thuthu, the dreadlocked artist was the longest serving member of the Lucky Dube Band which he joined in 1983 as a keyboard player.

He has worked with other artists before becoming the front man for The Slaves Band. Sister Phumi said on Monday that they were ready for the Reggae By Foot concert.

“This will be my first time in Malawi and I am excited. We are ready to give Malawians the best reggae vibes. They will never regret and we are thankful to Team Entertainers for making it possible for us to perform in Malawi,” she said.

Team Entertainers Director Tonderai Banda said yesterday that all was set for the Reggae By Foot concert and called on people to come in large numbers and enjoy the reggae vibes.

“We are ready; we want to make another history with this concert. The show will be advanced because we have free Skyband internet and very fast for our fans. People will be able to watch the football game from the two digital screens in the ground,” Tonderai said.

He said that the set up position for the stage was different.

The entry fee for the concert is K5,000 advance tickets and K7,000 at the door.

The Reggae By Foot concert will also see performances from Black Missionaries and Anthony Makondetsa, Skeffa Chimoto, Billy Kaunda, Charles Nsaku, Positive Yut, Alleluya Band and Meditators Band.

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