Legendary acoustic musician Giddes Chalamanda, who left the country for the United States of America (USA) on July 29, returns home this afternoon via Chileka International Airport.
The organisers of Giddes’ Coming to America Tour have since planned a grand welcome for him this afternoon.
“Giddes left for the US in grand style and we want to give him a warm welcome as well,” said Emmanuel Maliro, spokesperson person for the Giddes Coming To America Tour.
He said they started planning for the grand welcome the day Giddes and his crew left for the US.
The 86-year-old finally fulfilled his childhood dream of visiting the US as he sings in his hit Buffalo Soldier which he performed at the Library of Congress in the US capital of Washington DC.
Giddes also performed in South Bent, Indiana last Saturday night to a massive support of Malawians living in the US.
Giddes entourage to the US included acoustic duo Edgar ndi Davis, guitarist Uncle Lai, vocalist Chimwemwe Maloya, drummer Amos Mlolowah plus musician Patience Namadingo and his manager Tonderai Banda.
Speaking from New York City before their departure yesterday, Edgar Kachere described Giddes’ tour as heart-warming.
“He was treated like a hero. Everyone was excited to see Giddes. I believe if Malawi is to treat legendary artists like the way Giddes was treated in the US, their lives would have been better,” he said, urging Malawians to celebrate the lives of legends while they are alive.
According to Kachere, there was spectacle in the US with Malawians flocking to interact with the legendary musician.