Mingoli, of course, means beautiful sound.
Despite her music being not so popular in Malawi, when South Africa’s multi-award winning artist Zonke performed on Saturday at the Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe, the audience ate from the palms.
She gave them a treat that left many yearning for more at this year’s Blue Mingoli event organised by Standard Bank Malawi.
The night started with Patience Namadingo’s performance. But Zonke meekly walked onto the beautifully-decorated stage at around 22:30 hours going straight into music, with her irresistible blend of R’n’B, jazz, Afro-pop fusion and African style.
She got down to show off how energetic and sensual she can get, not even moved with the fact that her band was engrossed with the playing of the instruments as she was equally if not more than riveted and absorbed in her own world.
Zonke did not only show off her vocal abilities but exhibited her dancing moves through a well co-ordinated choreography. The events there on stunned many as Zonke proved how lively and a professional act she is which few have witnessed in the country.
In her powerful voice, she belted out hit after hit and the numbers from the audience approving her prowess fast grew. She paid tribute to Nelson Mandela though her composition of Viva The Legend before performing Feelings, one of her famous songs in Malawi.
Full of emotions, good coordination as well as interpretation of what she was singing and her actions and gestures, Zonke slowly metamorphosed into a hot-bloodied being, doing the unexpected, performing a bit of ragga version of the song.
50 minutes later, she said, “it’s nice to be here but I think we have gone past our allocated time,” which was met with resistance, as fans in unison said “no” while others chanted “one more.”
She moved on to do two more songs before abruptly vanishing to her dressing room, back stage.
Gutted as they still yearned for more of her music, the audience slowly walked out of the Bicc auditorium with Zonke’s rhythms ringing in the ears while creating memories that shall linger on.
The artist on the other hand, galloped water bottles while comfortably seated on a comfy chair, with legs perched on a wooden stool, resting after an hour of her unforgettable Mingoli. n