Heavy rains that hit Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, at the eleventh hour failed to deter fans who thronged the Lilongwe Golf Club for P Square’s ‘Experience it’ concert.
Despite being soaked with the heavy downpour that hit the capital city for almost two hours, hordes of revellers continued swarming the golf course that for once, nearly proved to be small. Distance was not an issue for some who had travelled from as far as Blantyre, Mzuzu and neighbouring Zambia, to join in the fun with Nigerian duo of Paul and Peter Okoye.
Initially, the Saturday show was scheduled for Friday evening, but had to be shifted as the state-of-the-art stage equipment was yet to arrive.
After the rains that soaked part of the equipment, the crowd erupted into uncontrollable excitement at around midnight as the show started with P Square. This was in sharp contrast to the programme where curtain-raisers such as Piksy, Dan Lu, Sally Nyundo and Run Tingz Band were supposed to start.
The duo went straight to business by putting up one of the best performances in Malawi. They proved to their Malawi fans that the six hour wait was worth it.
Backed by their band and with a CD playing in the background the sound was so clear and superb, reaching as far as Area 36, Likuni, Area 47 just to mention but a few places
From old hits like Temptation, Gimme That, I love you, Roll it, Forever, Busy Body, No one, Possible, Do me, E No Easy and then Beautiful Onyinye as well as Alingo, the duo were just too good and a marvel to watch.
Save for the melodic songs, joined by their dancers, the Okoye brothers wowed people with their dance moves. In fact, it was a mixture of their good songs as well as the gyrating moves that made the enchanted crowd become ecstatic.
Even some members of the diplomatic corps, civil society leaders and visiting Nollywood stars could not help it but join the two hour dance session with two young boys, who have taken the music industry in Africa and beyond by storm.
“We love you Malawi, please support your artists fully. We are here because of the support our country Nigeria has and continues to give us. Promise to us that we will have a Malawian artist performing in Nigeria soon,” was their call at the end of the performance.
But as if the message was given to a completely different audience, some fans trekked out of the overcrowded venue while taking no notice of Dan Lu as he took over the stage.
His listenership was only increased by those failing to leave the mayhem of cars parked at the venue. It took hours for the situation to normalise.
The fans who remained continued dancing to performances by Piksy, Sally Nyundo and Fortress until the wee hours when the sound system was finally shut down.