Two weekends of massively patronised shows in Zomba, Blantyre and Lilongwe seem to have swayed the Great Angels Choir to donate part of the proceeds to charity.
Last week, the group attracted about 850 patrons at Gymkhana Club in Zomba, over 2 500 at Robin’s Park in Blantyre and, on Sunday, close to 4 000 at ICA Marque in Lilongwe.
It was a historical patronage for the group as noted by the group’s music director Ephraim Zonda, who said their next thought was to thank God and the fans.
“We are swayed, but because we cannot give back to every fan, we decided to donate all the cash raised in Lilongwe on Sunday to charity. We realised about K3.7million (US$9 091) and, after deducting expenses, we remained with K2.8 million (US$6 879.6). We have donated the whole sum to the Church of Africa Presbyterian (CAP) to help some orphans at the church. We sing to preach about God and we have to support spiritual initiatives and those in need,” said Zonda.
Dubbed Great Angels Choir Annual Tour, the Lilongwe show was an experience worth noting.
At noon, the premise had already accommodated a handful of fans and, two hours later, the Marque was too small for the audience. But thanks to the spacious environment outside the tent, those soaked in sweat were sneaking out, not for break, but to dance in the open grounds.
However, the tour missed two great performers, Ndirande Anglican Voices and Ethel Kamwendo-Banda, but unlike most music shows organisers, Great Angels Choir got replacements.
Talented and stage maestro Skeffa Chimoto was roped in to thrill the audience with his gospel hits.
Despite demands from the audience to perform popular hits such as Chinamuluma Chakuda, the artist performed several gospel hits including the Ndilandireni and Bwenzi Langa Yesu, before the hosts wrapped it up.