All the funds that will be realised during the tribute concert of Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire this Saturday at Sunbird Marquee in Lilongwe will go to his wife and daughter, organisers have said.
Manager for late Wambali, Vitumbiko Mumba, speaking on behalf of the family and organisers of the event, said Wambali was not in music to make money but rather it was a calling.
“This is why he turned down many offers from various firms for him to go commercial and be based outside the country. Whenever he had concerts, whatever was realised, he spent it on helping communities. In 2007, during one of his concerts at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe, he said it publicly that the proceeds would go towards Bingu’s Silver Grey Foundation,” Mumba said.
He said it was with this background that whatever will be realised from the tribute concert will go to Mkandawire’s wife and daughter
“Some of the artists that worked with Wambali are the ones that have organised this tribute concert in consultation with the family. They took their time and agreed that this must only be done a year after his demise as they all, including his family, needed time to come to terms with his sudden death,” Mumba said.
He said that during the concert all Wambali albums will be on sale as well as golf shirts bearing his name.
Asked whether they would be holding the concert annually, Mumba said: “It will depend on the reception and demand but it was planned as a once off event”.
He described Wambali as a man who was called to serve.
“He was unique. His music is generational. His music will continue to inspire future generations,” Mumba said.
Recently, musicians Bishop Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango, Rudo Mkukupa Chakwera, Sangwani Munthali, Sam Shaba and Willie Soko released a medley of Wambali’s songs, both audio and video, ahead of the tribute concert.
These artists are also set to perform live during the concert on Saturday.
Munthali said he learned a lot from Wambali and that the discipline he was taught has helped him flourish in music.
“I stayed with him and he taught me a lot as regards music. He was no ordinary musician,” he said.
Pianist and producer Gresham Mokwena, who worked with Wambali, described him as a talented artist who knew what he wanted in music.
“We miss him. We did not have time to mourn him and celebrate his life, hence this concert. I just want to call upon people to come and be part of this concert,” Mokwena said.
Wambali died of Covid in January last year. He was laid to rest in Lilongwe.