Local R ‘n’ B music sensation Kell Kay on Thursday night staged an impressive performance at one of Blantyre’s uptown entertainment joints, Scallas Café.
The show, dubbed Valentine’s Show, was organised by Five79 Promotions and it enjoyed a good patronage comprising couples who turned the place into a red, white and black sea as everybody wanted to stay in tune with the love theme of the day.
Despite that the show was scheduled for 7pm, the Mr Yesu hit-maker only appeared on stage just before 11 pm. Until then, patrons were kept entertained by a performance from the joint’s resident band.
The band gave a good account of themselves by performing cover songs of some of the famous international artists which included hits from Zimbabwe fallen music great Oliver Mtukudzi.
Nonetheless, the night belonged to the Lilongwe-based artist and when he finally made his way to the stage backed by the Active X Band, he seized the moment.
Throughout his performance, it was clear to see that the artist, who at one time was only best known for backing his colleagues, is growing musically.
He showed a good understanding of stage demands throughout his two-hour plus stay on the stage. He interacted well with the audience and complemented his silk voice with good dance moves.
He gave out some of his popular songs such as Finca, Juju, Nono, Mr Yesu and Tiye Tikondane. At some point he invited two ladies on stage to give their rendition of Juju, which doubled the excitement among the patrons.
His brothers in the music industry Sam Smack of Zembani Band and Piksy with whom he jointly released a single on the same day titled Chindimalize, were part of the audience to offer moral support to their colleague.
Ofre Porker of Five79 promotions said they plan to organise more shows this year to help create a platform for more artists who have huge potential but are lacking the required support.
“We thought of bringing an artist who will correspond with the mood of the day. It has also been a while since Kell Kay performed here in Blantyre, so demand for him was high,” he said. n