Bernard Gibson, who was part of the original The Temptations, an American vocal group that released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s, said on Saturday night that they would come back to the country for another performance.
Bernard said this after The Temptations offered an impressive show at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe where they managed to pull some heads despite the tickets selling at K30,000 regular and K50,000 for VIP.
“It was beautiful, people loved the show and it was amazing and I just want to come back and for sure we will come back,” Bernard, who is in his 60s, said after the performance.
Their performance proved that old wine tests better and that an old bloom knows all the corners when they performed to their best and dragged the audience to the dance floor with most of their songs.
With Patience Namadingo and his band warming up the stage, the audience waited eagerly for the American group that was backed by a South African band – Afro Stars.
Ahead of their performance at BICC, The Temptations made an appearance at the two-day Lilongwe Jazz Festival at Lilongwe Golf Club on Friday where they were warmly welcomed by the sizeable audience. The audience could not just let them go at the Lilongwe Jazz Festival as they were forced to offer one track which they did in acappella soon after the youngest member in the group Mr. E Love introduced members.
“Malawi is a beautiful country and we are happy with the turnout. We have performed in other places but Malawi has been great and has showed us much love. This is why I am saying we will come back. It was also good warming up at the Lilongwe Jazz Festival,” Bernard said as he wiped out sweat on his face.
Their performance was not only coloured by their beautiful vocals and dance, which reminded the audience of their good old days, but their dressing was excellent too.
The group stunned the audience with their energy and yet the other members are in their 60s.
“It is all about practice and loving what you do best and we love this,” he said.
Their line-up on the night included songs such as ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’, ‘ How Sweet It Is’, ‘ Lady Soul’, ‘Soul to Soul’ and ‘My Favourite Person.’
The group ended their show on a high note with the song ‘My Girl’, which dragged people to the dance floor with Bernard leading the proceedings while the other three members played backing vocals and danced.
What a night it was for some of the people, who travelled all the way from Blantyre to Lilongwe to watch the group.
“I am satisfied. I have enjoyed the whole show. They are an amazing group and we used to listen to them when we were young ladies,” Martha Kandeu, who is in her 60s, said.
In between the song ‘My Girl’, the members left the stage to interact with the audience where they took photographs.
Bernard called on young people to utilise their talents and believe in themselves.
“Everything is possible in life provided you do it with all your heart. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes but it is important to stay in school and avoid drugs,” he said.
Spokesperson of the event, Mphatso Chaluluka, said it was an amazing show.