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We are united, says Soldier

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Balaka-based musician Lucius Banda popularly known as Soldier and reggae group Black Missionaries have for the past months been clashing during shows forcing some quarters to speculate that they were not in good terms.

But the past two weeks has shown that the two music giants are not enemies but rather the best of friends by embracing each other’s album launches.

It all started with Lucius’ launch of his 18th album Thank You at Robin’s Park in Blantyre two weeks ago where Black Missionaries spiced up the event and closed the chapter and in turn Lucius also performed at the launch of the reggae group’s Kuimba 10 album at the same venue on Friday.

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“I am happy tonight performing with my brothers from Chileka. This is a good event and this started last week when I also launched my own album and today Blacks are also launching their album. This is a demonstration to Malawians out there that we are united and we cannot afford to fight,” said Lucius.

He maintained that him and Black Missionaries are not enemies and that the two album launches just showed Malawians that they are united and can release albums at the same time and launch without any problems.

The Kuimba 10 album pulled a huge audience which saw the organisers of Blacks show learning from Lucius’ Thank You album launch shortfalls from security to decoration which was faultless on Friday.

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Lucius performed first and he did well offering several songs that kept the audience on their feet throughout and he could not skip performing popular hits ‘Mabala,’ and Mzimu wa A Gadama,’ before bowing out leaving the stage for the main headliners Blacks.

Wearing attractive Chitenje shirts, Blacks continued from where Lucius had left off and being their launch, they started off with new songs which included ‘Ndidzaimbabe,’ ‘Wekha,’ and ‘Mr Bossman,’ a song which was led by keyboardist Chizondi Fumulani and saw producer of the album Amos Mlolowa playing the keyboard.

The group which released four songs from the album ahead of the launch has faced criticism from some quarters saying the songs in the album are not worth it. But some songs including ‘Tizingocheza,’ have proved the doubters wrong by stealing the hearts of many.

It was the same on Friday when ‘Tizingocheza,’ a love song dominated the proceedings and had to be played thrice by public demand.

Blacks have always done well with their live acts but there was still some shortfall in there performance on Friday and this was also compounded by the feedbacks.

Unlike in all their shows where they play last, during their launch it was Anthony Makondetsa who closed the chapter.

During the show there was also the presence of Jamaica reggae artist Ras Trevor Hall alias Jabulani, who is currently based in Zimbabwe. The reggae artist, who came with his relatives, also played the duty of handing over two autographed CDs.

The Black Missionaries members of backing vocalists Yanjanani Chumbu and Anjiru, keyboardists Chizondi and Gift Thugo, bassist Peter Amidu, lead guitarist Takudziwani Chokani and Paul Chokani put their signatures on these two CDs which saw Mr Entertainer (Jai Banda) and Mr Sikwese getting the first CD at K150,000 with another going at K50,000.

Anjiru said he was speechless with the turnout and said this showed that people are happy with the new album.

“Some people were just criticising for the sake of it but this turnout just shows that people have welcomed this album. You have seen for yourself how the song ‘Tizingocheza,’ is doing. We just want to thank God for the talent and to the people for the continued support,” he said.

The group also launched the album at Lilongwe Golf Club on Sunday and Anjiru said they will launch it in the Northern region this month end.

Recorded at Active A Studio in Blantyre by Mlolowa, Kuimba 10 has 11 songs and they include ‘Ndidzaimbabe,’ ‘Mr Bossman,’ ‘Mwankana,’ ‘One and Only (Elli), ‘High Grade,’ ‘Moyo Wanga,’ which is featuring Annie Matumbi, ‘The Other Side,’ ‘Sikwathu,’ and ‘Wekha.’

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