Written by A MARAPOST SHOWBIZ CORRESPONDENT
SALIMA--"I die every year," jokes 'Soldier' Luicius Banda as he makes his first stage apperance at Riverside Club in the lake shore resort district of Salima following an incident in South Africa which left his fans on tenterhooks as they feared for his life.
It's Friday night and the hefty artist who spent days in intensive care unit after an illness appears on stage at exactly 12.35 am and sets the ball rolling with his first hit song 'Son of the Poor Man'.
Decked out in a checked shirt and black pants, Lucius, who looks a few kilos lighter, thanks all his fans for their prayers.
"Someone was calling everyday that I am dead! I told him I die every year," jokes Lucius before dishing his second hit of the night "Wokondedwa Wanga."
Lucius, who knows how to keep the crowd on its feet, then belts out "Kodi ndi Angati Akukondwa."
I don't know what his doctors told him, but there's some energy to this show as he is dancing a lot alongside his Zembani dancers.
Again, the Soldier seems determined to give a different kind of show. He joins the aerobic dance of his anti-Bingu song Pharaoh which is rare for Malawi's biggest musician, no pun intented.
He then sings "Esther" but the Soldier has fought enough tonight. When he sings "Wachikondi", the Soldier seems to be forcing it.
After resting, he rises to sing "Si Jacuz" another hit song and one could swear he isn't the same person who seemed too tired to continue not long ago.
Did he spend a long time on the stage tonight? No. Did he deliever? Yes.
That's what all seems to matter to his fans tonight.
If you ask for my opinion, all I can say is: A damn good show!
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