She is known for her powerful vocals and unique songs on stage. But Afro-jazz musician Keturah on Saturday unleashed the other talent which she rarely shares on stage—dancing.
During her performance at the Diplomatic Fun-Fair in Zambia, Keturah put up a spirited performance much to the amazement of her local fans who were following the proceeding live on Facebook.
“Thank you for having me. My name is Keturah from Malawi and this is Amalawi Band. We are here to represent Malawi and I hope we are welcome here,” said the musician in her opening remarks during a show monitored on her Facebook page.
She also thanked the Malawi High Commission for inviting her to perform at the occasion.
Dressed in an African print pair of trousers and a matching top, Keturah drapped another piece of chitenje on her shoulder and she later used in her dance.
Beaming with confidence and excitement, the musician opened her set with her signature opening song Chimbalame. She later performed Munditengereko.
“I am glad I am here. Munditengereko ku Lusaka [Take me to Lusaka],” she shouted to the excited patrons who danced and sang along with her.
She later performed Nambewe. This was when her dancing skills came out in full swing. Wearing a wrapper around her waist, Keturah showed her dancing skills to the amazement of fans.
Many commented on the Facebook feed, saying they never knew Keturah could put up such a performance.
“Keturah can dance. Komatu muli kuvina eeeh [This girl knows how to dance],” commented one fan Felita Maseko.
“We have finally grabbed her from Malawi. She is ours as well since you [Malawian] decided to grab Patson Daka from us,” commented a Zambian identified as Eastern Power.
Keturah performed other songs such as Achimwene.
The musician was in Zambia, her first international trip as a musician courtesy of Sparc Systems Limited.
She said she was excited with the opportunity to perform in Zambia since it is like her second home, having spent part of childhood there.
“This is like coming back to my other home only this time as a musician,” she said.
Esnath Gama Kaimila, second secretary at the Malawi High Commission in Zambia, said the inaugural Diplomatic Fun Fair was organised by the Ministry of Tourism in Zambia.
“This is the first of its kind in the country, bringing together the various nations’ cultures, crafts, music, dance and cuisines alongside that of Zambia,” she said.