Ardent followers of the Great Angels Choir in the country have spoken on why they love the choir which is enjoying massive patronage during its shows.
The Lilongwe-based choir has become one of the finest groups in the country to command a huge following. In its four-album history, the new releaseMwasankha Ine album has become the largest sought after album.
As of January 2016, the CD sold 145 000 copies while the DVD sold 40 000 copies in three weeks after the first launch in December last year.
Total patronage as per gate collections for its five launch shows nationwide is estimated at 16 000.
Speaking on Sunday during a show in Mzuzu, fan Geoff Kalere said he loves the choir because it is good at promotions, song composition, stage work and video production.
“They are good at promoting their shows. Mostly, we get to know about their shows four months before the actual date. This makes us expectant and, in the process, we keep some money prior to the day.
“In addition, their stage work does not disappoint. Even their DVDs are not disappointing. Most of us have bought these DVDs for our families to watch. The quality of the DVD moves us to watch them live in performance,” said Kalere.
The choir’s fan, who is also a gospel musician, Maria Nundwe said patrons in Mzuzu turnout in large numbers to shows that involve musicians who are already famous.
“If it is a show by Mzuzu-based artists only, patronage is very disappointing. But the moment we invite our colleagues from other regions patronage is massive. This has forced organisers to invite Great Angels on a regular basis. That is why I am also inviting them for my album launch on May 29,” she said.
The show in Mzuzu was organised by Victory Temple to raise funds for the construction a hall. Victory Temple pastor Moffat Phiri said his church settled for Great Angels Choir after observing that they are crowd pullers.
“It appears the choir is disciplined and committed to their music. These are paramount for one to succeed in any business or profession.
“In addition, some of their songs are danceable which appeals to a certain section of people who like fast music,” said Phiri who was impressed with the turnout at his show.