Thousands of people from the Shire Valley-—old and young—over weekend invaded Ngabu Trading Centre to attend political meetings of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
The tiny and dusty trading centre, which lies along the country’s M1 Road between Chikwawa and Nsanje, was not only kept amused with the political multitude but a free musical performance.
Politician and veteran musician Lucius Banda spiced up the political rally with his typical singing artistry that left the crowd on their toes.
After waiting for nearly two hours in his vehicle while his Zembani Band handed out some of the popular hits that have made the Soldier and his band admirable, Banda demonstrated that he was not just any other artist when he jumped on the stage.
“This is marvellous, I have not watched Soldier in many years and this performance has driven me back to those days,” said Mainess Hoya, who travelled from Miseu Folo after hearing of the performance.
The director of ceremonies had difficulties to sway the mass’ attention and concentrate on the political proceedings as they were glued to the Soldier and his boys for the free arts retreat.
While many thought his performance was a sign that he was joining the country’s main opposition political party, the Balaka North legislator told The Nation his attendance at the rally was purely for business.
“This is purely business, no politics. I was hired to perform at their rally and that is why I am here to entertain the gathering, period,” said Banda in an interview.
The politician has just composed a hit ‘A party from the East’ which is openly discrediting his own United Democratic Front (UDF) for its current stance to flirt with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The hit has since been leaked and has gone viral.