Limbani Banda has accused the Black Missionaries Band of sabotage after failing to turn up for his album launch.
The Blacks were booked to headline the unveiling of Limbaniâ€™s Free Man in a Free World at Motel Paradise. On Friday, the Chisoni ku Matenda hitmaker wondered why the Blacks performed at BAF when they were still awaiting the body of Ledson Chumbu, a brother to their backing vocalist Yanjanani from South Africa.
â€œWhy are they performing tonight? Is this not sabotage or double standards?â€ said Limbani just before the Blacks curtain-raised Salif Keitaâ€™s act at French Cultural Centre on Friday.
Blacksâ€™ leader Anjiru Fumulani said the band had to raise money to bring the body home.
He explained: â€œWe have been in touch with Chumbuâ€™s friends in South Africa. When it became clear that they would not help repatriate the body, we had to come in as a band and help the bereaved. We need to make money to bring our brother home.â€
The tirade brings to mind the scuffle in 2001 when Blackâ€™s founder Evison Matafale was involved in a war of words with Limbani during a similar concert.
After the BAF appearance, the Blacks proceeded to Lilongwe for more shows.