Easter is finally here. In the spirit of the season, artists and event organisers have lined up events across the country to entertain patrons as they reflect on and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Apart from music shows and funfair, other artists have released songs to celebrate the vacation. Artists featuring on the busy Easter schedule include McDonald Mlaka Maliro, Lawrence Mbenjere and Saul Chembezi..
As artists zigzag through the breadth and width of the country, so will be fun lovers as they seek to keep up with the speed and crammed events schedule between Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Blantyre-based Black Missionaries seems to be the busiest from the lot. The band will begin its trek up North today with a stopover in Salima where they will perform at Culture Club this evening.
Their next stop will be in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota with another event at Arnold Lodge. Then they will perform at Mikoma Beach Resort in Karonga before wrapping up their Northern Region assignments with a performance at Kajiso Entertainment Centre in Rumphi.
The group’s front man Anjiru Fumulani said: “Everything is in line with the spirit of the season. As part of the Easter season, we take this as an opportunity to remind our fans about the gospel and how much God loves them.”
Music lovers will also have a rare opportunity to sample a performance from forgotten star Lawrence Mbenjere. The Mchinji-based artist will feature on the online platform Mikozi Studio Live this evening.
After the musician turned down an invitation to come and perform in Blantyre through a public demand vote, the Mikozi Network team was left with no choice, but to follow the artist to Mwami in Mchinji to record the set.
Mikozi Online chief executive officer Bright ‘Excess’ Chiligo said they agreed after lengthy discussions to follow the artist to Mchinji.
“He said with his schedule and business, he could not manage to sacrifice three days to be in Blantyre. We, therefore, decided to follow him so we can make the set possible,” he said.
On Saturday, the focus will be in Mangochi where comeback artist Mlaka Maliro will stage a performance at Zitherepano under the auspices of Entertainers Promotions. The show will also feature Alleluyah Band.
Entertainers Promotions director Tonderai Banda said Saturday’s shows is a start of comeback shows for the artist, which will also take him to Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
Another Balaka-based outfit Zembani Band will travel to the Central Region where they will perform at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe tomorrow.
Band leader Sam Smack said this is an opportunity for fans to sample Lucius Banda’s latest single Palibe.
“We have prepared well in terms of sound quality and the delivery of the performance itself. This being Easter, each artist will be given a chance to perform at least one spiritual song,” he said.
Veteran gospel artist Ethel Kamwendo Banda has capped the season with the release of Zatsala Pa Gologota. The rendition of the song is reminiscent of the artist of old who wowed audiences with moving praise and worship compositions.
The artist said of the song: “This song is part of an upcoming project and I thought I could use the moment to prepare my fans for the big dish that I am about to serve them.”