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We miss the stage – Blacks

BACK ON STAGE—Anjiru performs

Black Missionaries’ lead vocalist Anjiru Fumu­lani said on Saturday they were missing the stage and the fans and that they were hoping that, soon, the government will open up.

Due to the pandemic which has claimed lots of lives global­ly, the government put up strict measures including a ban on gatherings.

The ban on gatherings of more than 50 people relegated artists to their homes.

The cases of Covid have since gone down.

Blacks alongside Anthony Makondetsa, Khozie Masimbe and Moda Fumulani returned to the stage after a long break due to Covid performing at Mibawa in Blantyre.

Dubbed Give Back to the People Live Music Concert, the reggae group performed without an audience due to the pandemic.

“We just love to sing for the people, this is our work and this is what we do. The situation is improving in terms of cases go­ing down and we hope the gov­ernment will open soon for us to start performances,” Anjiru said after the show.

Despite being a no-audience show, a few people made way into the hall and enjoyed the reggae vibes.

The show was meant to run for only three hours from 5pm to 8pm but the audience in the hall as well as those who watched on Mibawa Television and online got a bonus of some minutes.

Anjiru hailed partners Miba­wa and Premier Bet for making it possible for them to hold the show, which showed that the group was not rusty despite the long break as it offered a good performance.

“We organised this show to give people a treat, you know we have gone through a lot, some people have lost loved ones and have lost hope, others have lost jobs and businesses and we thought we should bring reggae music and get to remove some stress,” he said.

Just as they have done in most of their performances, their set-up started with the likes of Khozie Masimbe and Moda Fu­mulani before Makondetsa and then Blacks closed the curtain.

Makondetsa, popularly known as Mr Cool, took advan­tage of the stage to talk about the struggles of artists in the absence of live performances, which they use in making their bread and butter.

The artist also spoke about vaccine saying people have a choice to take it or not.

“We all have different beliefs, it’s not compulsory but the vac­cine is here,” Makondetsa said.

His performance saw him dishing a number of songs in­cluding ‘Mbumba ya Abrahamu’.

Blacks which has said it will release new singles later this month also offered songs from their Kuimba albums.

Mibawa’s Wellington Kunta­ja said they were happy with the outcome of the show.

“A lot of people have been part and parcel of this show and enjoyed it. We need to be doing this and this is just the begin­ning,” Kuntaja said

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