It was a show like no other when musician Onesimus, supported by several local and two South African artists, performed at Lilongwe Golf Club to celebrate his homecoming on Sunday.
Long lines of people and cars were the order of the day outside the venue while many others were already inside.
The artists started performing as early as 1.45pm, much to the delight of patrons, mostly from surrounding townships in Lilongwe.
But when Onesimus jumped on stage at around 6.40pm, the mood moved a notch higher.
The artist, dressed like an angel with a crown on his head, opened his set by playing songs from his old albums. As he performed the songs, he took people back to the early days of his career.
Songs such as Ndamusowa and Sinditha Kumvetsa were done in a jazz like format. But when he switched to his new songs, patrons joined in singing on top of their voices.
“You see, in life God allows us to pass through certain stages, some not so pleasant where we end up going to bed on an empty stomach. But if we believe in Him, eventually, we are able to overcome those situations and tell our testimony,” said Onesimus as he introduced his latest song Mr Nobody which he wrote based on his personal experience.
He then proceeded to perform Solomoni, a song which has become synonymous with condemning Gender-Based Violence. After his set, he introduced Vusi Nova from South Africa who also gave out a spirited performance.
Then it was time for the collaboration between the two artists, performing Mariah for the first time live on stage. They had to repeat the song due to demands from the audience.
This was followed by another set by Onesimus who then paved the way for Janta, Kell Kay and others deep into the night. Ishmael from South Africa had his turn after Janta and Kell Kay. He dished out just three songs, including Avulekile Amasango and Roba Letheka which many easily relate to and sang along.
The sound output did not disappoint with the decks manned by VJ Ice and DJ Nathan Tunes.
However, with such a big crowd came the challenge of petty fights and thefts, mainly targeting phones and other valuables.
In post show random interviews, patrons indicated satisfaction with the event.
“It was a good event and coming from local artists, this was unexpected. I do not regret coming here,” said Esmie Mwala, a music fan from Area 23.
Another patron, who only identified himself as Roy, said if he would give the event a grade, it would be 100 percent.
He said: “Honestly speaking, everything about the event was on point. From Onesmus’ dressing, to the sound output and the performances from Vusi Nova and the others, everything was on point. This was a show to remember.”