There is a growing rivalry between reggae groups Black Missionaries and Wailing Brothers despite constant calls by the former that reggae music is a mission and not a competition.
But this did not stop fun-seekers from Mzuzu to sample and enjoy a Black Missionaries performance at Mzuzu Hotel on Friday and Mzuzu Tourist Lodge on Sunday.
One of the patrons, Julius Mithi, said Black Missionaries remain the best reggae group because of the legacy created by the band’s founder Evison Matafale.
“The Blacks have a name. It is that brand which makes them hold the populous. People are acquainted with the Blacks such that it will take time to accept another reggae band regardless of its quality,” he said.
Mithi, however, observed that the Black Missionaries need to beef up their squad in the absence of Moda Fumulani and Toza Matafale who are performing with Wailing Brothers and Anthony Makondetsa who is said to be unwell.
True to Mithi’s observation, fans on Sunday demanded for Makondetsa’s songs to which the band complied by dishing out Muyuda.
Black Missionaries lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani said the split has motivated them to give out the best.
“People thought the Blacks are on a downfall, but they have realised that we are moving forward. That is why they could not resist, but cheer for us.
“The same is the case in our recent shows in Lilongwe, Blantyre and South Africa. This is giving us encouragement and vigour to do even better,” he said.