Holiday ended. Black Missionaries and Anthony Makondetsa start their 2013 season at Club Limpopo in Lilongwe on Saturday night.
Confirming their return, the Black’s manager Ray Harawa said they will close the weekend with a family sundowner at Lilongwe Golf Club on Sunday.
“We are happy to be back on stage after three weeks of resting. We missed the stage, but the band is re-energised and ready to give our fans the very best of Chileka music. The tour of Lilongwe marks the start of another action-packed year,” said Harawa.
He said the band was impressed with the crowd they got during their first show at Limpopo last December. He said the venue in Area 36 is a worthwhile addition to the capital city’s gig culture usually associated with the golf club, Capital Motel and Mungo Park.
Formerly Fresh Air, Limpopo has undergone a massive upgrade at the hands of new proprietor, Valley Yowasi.
The revamp comprises the construction of a performance arena which has hosted an array of hitmakers, including Lucius Banda, Dan Lu, Maskal, Alleluya, Mafunyeta and Anne Matumbi.
In an interview, Yowasi said the Blacks return is in keeping with the club’s desire to be the home of everything good about local music.
“We promised exciting encounters with local performers, but we took a break because most musicians were on break. We are glad to give our patrons another good time by bringing them face to face with top musicians in the country,” said Yowasi.
The Blacks are counting down to the release of Kuimba 9, their seventh album since the death of their founding legend Evison Matafale.