The Black Missionaries will perform at Chando Hall in Ntcheu on Friday, reuniting with their fans for the first time since 2002.
According to the reggae bandâ€™s bassist Peter Amidu, the show offers Ntcheu gig-goers a weekend start like no other in recent memory.
“Shows in the districts are usually characterised by small crowds, but the response from our fans is always lively because we rarely perform there. I need to consult [bandleader] Anjiru Fumulani as regards to when we last performed in Ntcheu,” said dreadlocked Amidu.
But the â€˜forgotten tourâ€™ took the Chileka-based stars to Uncle B and Ntcheu Secondary School a decade ago.
The band might be a common sight in Lilongwe and Blantyre, but this may not be true with districts beyond the citiesâ€™ borderlines.
Businessperson Dalitso Likomba, who has organised the show at Chando Hall, says gone are the days big-time artists used to cruise past the land of Coss Chiwaloâ€™s Afisi a ku Ntcheu hit to neighbouring towns.
“Ntcheu is popular for its nightlife, but we have had to endure years of following the Blacks and other stars to Balaka, Dedza and Liwonde when they pass through our town on their usual trips to Lilongwe,” said Likomba, who owns Club de Mafumu near the venue.
According to him, the reunion with the Blacks marks a new chapter as the hall opens its doors to music shows after years of hosting weddings, engagements and church events.
Afterwards, the band will head for Lilongwe for a show at Capital City Motel on Saturday night and Summit Cultural Centre on Sunday afternoon.