The Warehouse Cultural Centre was crammed to capacity when musicians came together to celebrate the French-orchestrated free music feast.
Soldier Lucius Banda and his Zembani Band troops came face to face with the jamming machine Skeffa Chimoto and his Real Sounds to dish out music that heightened the patrons’ fun.
Taking the fete de la musique to another level were an influx of fans, hoisting black-red-green flags all the way from Kamuzu Stadium where Malawi national football team had whacked Chad 2-0 the same afternoon.
But the climax came when Lucius’ firstborn, Johnny, appeared on the stage for the first time. Soldier junior joined his father in a rendition of the song Johnny in which Soldier urges him to take heart because life is not without hardships.
Â “We agreed that my son will sing some day. But first, he must go to school,” Lucius told the jovial crowd.
Skeffa, as well, could not help but talk of his two year-old son Mwayi when MC Raymond Sekeni aka Fraternal DJ wanted him to say a word.
“My son is helping me write new songs. I can’t say when the music will be completed for I can’t promise that,” said Skeffa, who is working on his fifth album.
For Lusaka-based Alliance Francaise contact person in Malawi, Luc Deschamps, the free show lived up to the dream of the World Music Day celebrations.
“This is a day that the spirit of music must flow freely. Some Malawians would want to see artists like Lucius Banda and Skeffa Chimoto in performance but cannot afford,” said Deschamps, adding the
French embassy is working in partnership with the Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF), which returns for the fourth year in October.