Two months without nsima


Yobu Maligwa— who, alongside Yosefe Kalekeni, makes up the duo that is Madalitso Band—must be a ‘sad’ man.

He confessed, eight months ago, that, at one point in his life, he felt that he could not ‘live’ without nsima.

Yes. Nsima!


It just tells you how lowly some people think of oxygen. Ha!Ha!Ha!H a!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha! Ha!Ha! My apologies to Mr and Mrs Oxygen.

Now, the ‘sad’ part is that Maligwa—with Kalekeni in tow—has been in Europe since June, where he has been mesmerising audiences with energetic performances.

By yesterday, they had over 40 performances, including in the United Kingdom. This means staying a long time away from Malawi, nsima.


Even if the group’s co-manager Neil Nayar on Thursday said “Madalitso has been great in Europe. It may sound like an exaggeration, but wherever they have played, they have left audiences speechless”, the truth is that someone has been missing nsima!

It could be true that life is better now for Maligwa and Kalekeni than when they used to perform on the streets of Lilongwe but the other piece of truth is that the nsima in Europe is ‘diluted’. I mean in terms of taste.

Why subject Maligwa to nsima with a diluted taste? Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha! Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!

Of course, it must be good for Maligwa to be entertaining people far and wide, while, of course, generating income for himself and those who depend on him, nothing beats the taste of Malawi nsima. Really.

How can one perform on the strength of ‘borrowed’ energy? I mean, if one consumes food his body is not used to and performs, the energy may be drained faster than when nsima has been consumed.

Mudzaziwona mukadzazolowera nsima! Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha! Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!

So it must be good that Maligwa may soon be back home, to eat nsima the time he wants it, in quantities he is used to.

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