Music lovers and community members from Nsanje and Chikwawa districts have donated a house to a member of Lucky Stars Band Boniface Chimzeti-Ndamera at Ndamera Village in Nsanje.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, chairperson for Chinafuna M’bale house project Stuart Ligomeka said they constructed the house in response to a plea by Ndamera to settle back home from Bangwe Township in Blantyre City where he has been residing.
“We used K2.8 million to construct this three-bedroomed house, a bathroom and a kitchen in a space of six weeks,” he said.
Ligomeka said this is part of charity work they are doing which includes paying school fees for needy students in Chikwawa and Nsanje.
He said they are also constructing a fence around Chikwawa Secondary School which will cost them K25 million.
Nsanje District Commissioner Medson Matchaya thanked the group for the donation.
He then asked people in the Shire Valley to emulate the example and construct houses for vulnerable and less-privileged people.
On his part, Paul Mchaha, brother to Ndamera, who received the house on behalf of the veteran artist, thanked the group for the donation.
“Our brother is indeed a living legend through the music he produced throughout his 55 years in the industry, but he is still poor and depends on well-wishers to survive,” he said.
He said the house will change the life of his brother who has ambitions of opening a school of music in the area to groom future musicians.
Ndamera, 70, started music in 1977. Some of his popular songs are Chinafuna M’bale, Mungondimana Mowa, Mwana Movi and Kupemphera Mkwadidi, among others.