BLANTYRE--It was billed as the All-Star Concert. And the stars came, performed and left hundreds of enchanted fans mesmerised.
The venue was Blantyre Sports Club. The audience was composed of mainly the youths, seeking fun.
The stars lived up to their names. They include Joseph Nkasa, 'Soldier' Lucius Banda, Lulu, Moda Fumulani, Maskal, Armstrong, Nthumwi Piksy and the great reggae outfit Black Missionaries.
The show kicked off after 2pm with curtain raisers Don Zaggah, Khuzi Masimbe and Kaka who warmed the stage mostly with their own compositions.
The show changed its mood and exploded when Mode Fumulani, the younger brother to the late reggae maestro Gift Fumulani, came on stage to the cheers of the fans.
His hit hits 'Kweza Maso' and 'Bwenzi Langa' simply reminded the audience of his late brother and the fans responded well, dancing throughout his performance.
Old timer Phungu Joseph Mkasa then hit the stage, surprising critics who might have thought the 'Zolembalemba' star couldn’t excite the young generation who wanted rap and hip-hop music.
"Nkasa rocked the crowd," one of the fans said, dancing to his new tune 'Ulipadiwa.'
He ended his show on a high note before leaving the stage for 'Soldier', who took the fans on a medley of old and new songs, including 'Mzimu wa Gadama', 'Mudzawafuna', 'Pharaoh' and 'Wokondedwa'.
The Soldier doesn’t disappoint, one fan told MaraPost Lifestyle.
Lucius Banda, a music icon, finally saluted the people by saying:" I love you my people, my fans. It’s always good to share the stage with upcoming artists. I believe I am the only 'gogo' performing today...I don't take this for granted. Performing for 20 years is no mean achievement."
Rising muso Lulu also got a share of praise from the fans when he set the stage alight with his 'Palibe Vuto' and 'Mkazi wa Ngwiro'.
Lulu simply has the stage energy that "excites fans," said one Chilimoni fan.
Although it was getting dark, the Black Missionaries made sure people didn’t leave the concert with their popular tunes 'Mulomo', 'Rastaman's Wife and 'Timba'.
"These guys can perform at any stage in the world," a fan also remarked about the Chileka-based group.
Kennedy Mkombezi, one of the organisers of the show which was sponsored by Carlsberg and Weekend Times among others, said:
"The show has been a success because our idea was to feature both upcoming and old guys...sharing their talent and experiences."