They went there as guests but once on stage, they took over the concert and left with their name forever indelible in the minds of many patrons.
So outstanding was the performance at a concert in Beria, Mozambique by the country’s renowned gospel acappella outfit, Joyful Souls, last weekend.
Beira-based AVG group, also doing acappella, were launching their maiden album recorded in Malawi.
Their compatriots from Tete and Zimbabwe’s Stand completed the supporting cast at the concert held at Centro Universitario de Cultario e Art (Cuca).
And speaking on their arrival back home, Joyful Souls’ bassist Arthur Fatsani Chidothi said the experience was worthwhile.
“We first got in touch with them when they came to record in Blantyre and they saw us perform at Blantyre Cultural Centre. They promised to invite us for a concert and this was just in response to that call. We also performed at three different churches before the main concert.” said Chidothi.
Joyful Souls went one better by doing the chorus of their latest tune Agogoda in Portuguese; a feat whose rehearsals were done backstage, a few minutes before they made their appearance on the stage.
“The fans loved our performance. They kept asking for the album when we are yet to record it,” said Chidothi.
And as they dished their last songs, calls from the patrons hovered the atmosphere to which the group could only pledge another round later.
They first stormed the local acappella music stage with their maiden album Tidzauluka over a decade ago, before going on to release two more in Adzaweruza and Abweranso. n