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Warm-up for Blacks, Mr Cool ahead of South Africa assignments

Reggae group Black Missionaries and Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa on Friday put up razor-sharp performances at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall in Blantyre during a show that spilled over into the early hours of Saturday.

The show lived up to its billing as a warm-up for Black Missionaries and Makondetsa as they head to South Africa tomorrow for performances.

It was cold on Friday but this did not keep away fans from patronising the show that opened with a performance from female musician Find Codi and Mibawa Band.

There have been shows at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall where sound has not been good but on this night it was faultless and the sound engineer did his job right throughout.

Find Codi and Mibawa Band made sure they warmed the stage for Black Missionaries, Makondetsa and other Chileka siblings when they also shined with their performances.

Find Codi is slowly making strides in her music career and she is mastering the stage as she interacted with the audience and controlled her voice well during her performance.

Some of the songs that Find Codi and Mibawa Band offered were originally done by other artists but they did well entertaining the audience.

In the early hours of the show, the audience was still young but it grew bigger by the time Makondetsa and Black Missionaries took over the stage.

Some quarters while heaping praise on Black Missionaries for their quality life acts when it comes to sound, they have hit at them, saying their line-up of songs is predictable and without surprises.

But for those who patronised the show on Friday, they will attest they got reggae vibes worth their money and they were satisfied.

After Find Codi and Mibawa Band performance, Blacks came up with Chizondi Fumulani opening the chapter before Yanjanani Chumbu took over the microphone.

Blacks’ previous outings have seen Chizondi only leading in a few songs but this time he offered more to the amazement of the audience.

This was surely a surprise package for them as Chizondi, who is also the main keyboard player for the reggae group, rose to the occasion with his husky voice.

“People should just watch the space. There is more to come. I just want to thank my brother Anjiru for his encouragement,” he said.

Chizondi’s music journey started longtime ago and he said he has learned a lot performing with late Evison Matafale, late Musamude and late Gift Fumulani and now with Anjiru.

Some of the songs he led in vocals include ‘Mr Bossman’ which is in Kuimba 10.

Missing on the list of the Chileka siblings was Khozie Masimbe, who is in the studio working on his latest album.

Makondetsa jumped on stage soon after a performance by Chumbu and he too offered the best of his songs and he performed for a long time.

The ‘Mu Yuda’ star also revealed that he is readying himself for new album this year.

Blacks, led by Anjiru, closed the chapter on the night and they too continued from where the others had left.

They performed for over two hours delivering songs from their Kuimba albums before bowing out with ‘Salimo’ with the audience still wanting more.

“It was a good show and people gave us support. It was also a good warm-up as we leave for South Africa on July 25 (tomorrow) where we will have six shows,” Anjiru said.

He added that they value people’s support and that they were targeting performances outside the country to market Malawi.

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