Dazzling. That is how one can aptly describe South African Kwaito outfit Mafikizolo’s energetic performance at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe on Friday night.
The duo comprising Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe lived up to fans’ expectations as it kept them entertained wave after wave, all the way to the very end.
Before Mafikizolo’s act, a team of spirited Kwaito dancers clad in tweed jackets warmed up the stage, much to the delight of the capital city’s fun seekers.
The sharp piercing voice of Nhlanhla and the rhythm in Udakwa Njalo left people flocking to the clear space between the front seats of the auditorium and the stage, turning it into a dance floor as they animatedly danced to the tune.
After performing about three songs, the male member of the duo, Theo, addressed the audience, specifically speaking to the youth, encouraging them to take up leadership roles and propel their respective countries and Africa to greater heights.
“We are a youthful South African music group and as we are celebrating the Youth Month, I want to encourage all the youth to rise. The youth must join politics; do business [for] it is only when we participate in these fields that we are going to be entrusted with leadership roles. Rise young people, rise!” said Theo.
His address was followed by a song for Nelson Mandela which was done in memory of the struggle the iconic politician led for South Africans to attain freedom, consequently leading to his arrest and a 27-year jail term.
An interlude followed and the duo briefly retired to the backstage while the team of Kwaito dancers returned on stage.
The second segment of the show saw no-one glued to their seats as Mafikizolo came back with highly danceable tunes, among them, their recently recorded hit, Never Let Me Go.
This was the third time Mafikizolo came to perform in Malawi as they have ever featured at the Lake of Stars Festival before. Apart from Mafikizolo, Malawi’s Tay Grin also staged his performance, which featured his Nyau dancers.