Malawi’s festive mood is in full gear. Multitudes of revellers got into the festive spirit as they witnessed yet another massive one day festival in Salima.
Both the young and old braced the scorching sun at Livingstonia Beach in Salima for a day of music, sound, lights and drinks.
With a promise from Entertainers Promotions of turning the beach into a paradise, fun-seekers and musicians had fun as, for 24 hours, there was plenty to see and to listen to.
With scores of patrons strolling into the venue, some travelling from as far as Blantyre, the event started on a rather slow note with hits from old timers such as Police Orchestra and Mulangeni Sounds.
With dusk setting in and as the tempo of the music picked up the beach was teeming with people.
Five years after he last performed on a public stage, Ben Michael Mankhamba surprised many as he has not lost any of his touch.
With the gyrating Jenna Sisters in tow, Mankhamba unleashed a spectacular comeback performance as he sang and danced his way back into people’s hearts.
From then on the mood changed as Skeffa Chimoto, once again reigned supreme on the stage after giving another eclectic performance.
While the youthful revellers enjoyed performances by Piksy, Maskal and Dan Lu, Chileka-based reggae outfit Black Missionaries and Anthony Makondetsa were waiting for their turn to give fans another dosage of Kuimba magic.
And as soon as Anthony Makondetsa stepped onto the stage, some fans screamed and cheered. After an hour of an unforgettable performance, he left the stage at around 3 am paving the way for AnjiruFumulani, who routinely completes Ma Blacks.
The latest Kuimba 10 was on the menu and fans sang along to the songs like they were picked from the national anthem.
Other artists at the festival were Gwamba, HaxiMomba and the Great Angels Choir.
On the gospel front, Kamuzu Barracks Gospel Singers proved that they are not only accomplished gun men, but are also gifted and seasoned entertainers.
Their style, which was mixed with a bit of drama and gumboot dance, charged not only the stage, but the entire audience.
The band members had an amazing energy and they literary set the arena ablaze.
As the gushing sound of strong waves continuously pounded the beaches while strong winds blew across Lake Malawi, bringing forth a cold breeze to refresh the revellers, there were still scores of fans who had not had enough of the fun as such they forced Lulu to do one more track despite his time being up.
“Ndikupatsileni nyimbo yomaliza…,” said Lulu before he was abruptly forced to a halt as fans immediately responded with a thunderous “No”.
“Ayisitinatope, ayiuyimbebe,” the fans roared.
At 5 am, the main stage was closed and 4-Tees disco took over as they played music from different parts of the world for the fans that still had the energy to party on.
But as the sun rose from the clear blue sky, it brought with it magic while at the same time, it hit on some fans who had comfortably slept right on the sands.
One by one they woke up, full of energy and vigour and some chanted, “aDJnyimbo,” and the party went on, for the festivities had just begun.