Veteran acoustic musician Giddes Chalamanda is showing no signs of retiring any time soon.
The 87-year-old, who has been performing together with the Edgar ndi Davis acoustic duo for some years now, assured his dedication of mesmerising fans ahead of his April 2 performance at Cockpit Lounge in Lilongwe.
“I am still entertaining Malawians because this is what I love doing. I was born to perform good music,” said the octogenarian in an interview.
Cockpit Lounge public relations manager Tasha Maluza said they settled for the legendary musician because his music is still relevant today.
“Giddes remains one of the finest acoustic musicians in the country. We considered his mature and unique music to bring some real entertainment for the older generation so that they, too, can enjoy the best that Cockpit Lounge offers. The lounge was established to reach a diverse clientele,” she said.
“This year we have a lot of exciting entertainment activities planned for our clients. Giddes, Edgar ndi Davis will kick-start our good year.”
Davis said Giddes enjoys live performances because music is his professional career.
“He always says that he will perform until he can no longer perform. It is what he enjoys and performing makes him who he is. I cannot imagine how he would live without music,” he said.
Davis further said Giddes is part of their family and that they will always be there to support him.
“He is a darling of the people. We thank God that He opened our eyes to identify Giddes as someone who needed the platform to showcase his magic. We grew in stature as a band because of Giddes and we have learnt a lot from interacting with him.
“For us to be where we are, it is because other people lifted us. It is part of Christian teachings that we must love one another,” he said. n