Reggae band Black Missionaries will this Sunday return to their once-upon-a-time familiar grounds of Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC) after a year’s absence.
Last year, the Chileka-based group returned to LGC greens after a two-year break to launch their last offering Kuimba 11 on August 2. And the band confessed that they have missed performing at the venue.
Before their stop in Lilongwe, Black Missionaries will be involved in another music duel on Friday when they are expected to perform side by side with Alleluya Band at Zinziri Entertainment Centre in Blantyre.
Blacks leader Anjiru Fumulani confirmed their return to one of the country’s beautiful and spacious outdoor music venues, saying LGC is a special place to perform.
“This is one venue is loved by both musicians and music lovers. It allows for family entertainment as families are at liberty to bring their children in good time and enjoy the atmosphere before it gets dark,” he said.
However, the group appears to differ with the LGC management why they stayed away from the venue. The reggae band said their not scheduling shows at the venue followed concerns of security of people’s vehicles and the issue of noise pollution.
But LGC general manager Medson Roka insisted in an interview that the venue never barred live music events saying that the venue’s lack of shows was because artists themselves chose not to hold events there.
He cited the Lilongwe Jazz Festival held at the venue on August 30 and 31 and another booking made by Phindu Promotions for Zambia’s B1, but was later moved to another venue.
Roka said: “Just like any other entertainment and hospitality club, there are various stakeholders that are involved in organising events at the club. LGC and its partners will always ensure that security of its members, patrons and other stakeholders is guaranteed.”
He said that security for the upcoming event will be tight and they will also ensure that disturbances to club members and the surrounding community is kept to a minimum while trying to providing entertainment to the public at large.