Barely a month after releasing four promotional songs of their Kuimba 10 album, Chileka-based reggae group Black Missionaries is set to officially launch the new album on July 31 at Robins Park in Blantyre.
Ma Blacks band leader Anjiru Fumulani told The Nation that the band will perform at Jokala Leasure Centre in Zomba on August 1 before heading to Lilongwe to perform at Lilongwe Golf Club the following day.
“After releasing the promotional songs of our new album, we have organised special shows marking its official launch. We will start the launch event in Blantyre then Zomba and Lilongwe. We will then travel to the North for a show at O’ Seasons in Mzuzu on August 28 and at Planet in Karonga the following day before winding up at Mzuzu Tourist Lodge on August 30,” said Anjiru.
The band has incorporated Lucius Banda and Skeffa Chimoto for the Blantyre and Lilongwe launches.
“This is a very big event; we have incorporated other top artists such as Skeffa Chimoto and Lucius Banda for the Blantyre and Lilongwe events. We have contacted Fidzgerald Sifukwe and other Mzuzu-based artist for the Northern Region events,” said Anjiru.
After the release of the four promotional songs, namely Sikwathu, Musaweluze, Sindingakwanitse and Tizingocheza, the public has expressed mixed opinion on the new album, with some writing off the tracks.
But Anjiru, the lead vocalist on all the four songs, said people should not judge the album based on the four promotional songs.
“We have done good work on this album; Tizingocheza is doing well now and people have been requesting for it over and over during our live performances. That said, people should not judge us on these four songs,” he said.
Anjiru maintained that they do not hate criticism, but are open to it as long as it is constructive.
“We have come a long way, things have not been easy; hence, we thank people for any piece of constructive advice and support they render to us,” he said.
In the new Kuimba 10 album, the reggae band have worked with producer Amos Mlolowa of Active-A Studio in Blantyre. Previously, the band has been producing their albums with Ralph Ching’amba through his Ralph Records Studio.