On his own admission, he was not sure of the Blantyre concert due to the city’s growing bad reputation when it comes to patronising entertainment events, but Faith Mussa relied on his faith.
Ultimately the One Night Celebration concert at Victoria Hotel in Blantyre on Saturday evening turned to be a mega show, dismissing all the fears that he initially had.
“We debated a lot about coming here. We were not sure how this event would turn out. But I really wanted to come back here. It had been too long. This is the place that made me and I am glad for the grand reception you have given me,” said Faith in an emotional speech on stage.
It was never going to be an ordinary night as Faith was joined by his parents, the Mussa Family Band on stage in a rare reunion. And they did roll back the hands of time in the most spectacular manner.
The mood in the hall was electric when the music family introduced its one-time popular hit Pokumbukira Mtanda. Those who were glued to their seats suddenly found themselves up on their feet while loudly joining in the chorus.
Then the family paved the way for Faith to continue his business of the night together with his Mdidi Band. The well-travelled artist showed class both in his performance and stage organisation.
He delivered a moving performance, in the process cementing his status as one of the country’s leading performers. When he did his old favourite Ndani Amanena Kuti Akhristu Sanjoya the hall went ecstatic.
After his three-hour stay on stage, the feeling among the patrons and the artist himself was that of satisfaction. It was a job well done and Blantyre did not scare him anymore.
One of the patrons Vitu Mwaquyu said: “Tonight he showed why he is different from other local artists. Certainly this was an epic show.”
His manager Samuel Chiwaka said their team tried very hard not to drop the standards that they have set for themselves over the years. n