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We did well for Malawi – Subiri

Alleluya Band leader Paul Subiri said on Monday that the group performed to their best in all their shows in Italy and that they sold Malawi in all their shows.

Subiri said despite performing in Italy every year, all the shows are different.

Alleluya Band left the country early June and was expected back Wednesday.

“Of course we go there every year but its different every year and we always make sure we present new things. In other years we have gone there to hold shows and at the same time record new songs,” he said.

Subiri said their shows every time attract a good audience because they are unique and that they always fuse their performances with traditional dances as part of promoting Malawi’s culture.

He said that this year has also been special for Alleluya Band in that it has clocked 40 years.

“It has been a long journey for Alleluya Band to be where it is today and this is why this year in celebrating 40 years of existence, we decided to go to Jerusalem,” Subiri said.

He said it was an experience for them to visit Jerusalem for the first time.

“We just want to thank Father Mario Pacific for his continued love for the group but also helping in creating this band in 1978 and he did it together with Sir Paul Banda,” he said.

Subiri said there were also other artists who have been instrumental in raising the profile of Alleluya Band to be where it is today.

“There is a long list of musicians who have helped build Alleluya Band since it was established. We have artists such as Soldier Lucius Banda, Charles Sinetre, Paul Chaphuka, Luka Chinkwakwa, Sam Jackson and Mathias Amjiba Kalima,” he said.

Subiri said Alleluya Band will continue to do its best to give people good performances.

“We are here today because of the support we have received from people. So we will keep on doing our best and there is more to come from us,” he said.

The past years has seen the group being vibrant as far as releasing albums is concerned.

But with the music landscape changing, Alleluya Band has failed to come out with strong albums as was the case in the past and instead has relied heavily on songs from its old albums.

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