In a world where foul stories of gospel artists spread like wildfire, actor Michael Usi aka Manganya on Sunday urged artists to live as they sing and ignore the mudslinging.
The actor, who was guest of honour at a Post-Easter Gospel show at the Blantyre Cultural Centre, sent patrons into stitches of laughter, with cat-calls of go deeper urging him on.
“Gospel artists must live the life they sing about. They should not just be like signposts. If bad stories about you spread, come out, handle it like I do: Just ignore the mudslinging,” said Usi.
Patrons went into further jigs of laughter as the Tikuferanji director spiced up the dance as all the artists performing on the day came together in a rendition of disbanded Favoured Sisters’ signature Moyo Wanga.
It was a line-up that kept the audience on its glorious feet with Favoured Martha, Patience Namadingo, Faith Mussa, Ethel Kamwendo-Banda, Allan Chirwa and others performing an average of five songs each. They were ably backed by the Malimba Band.
However, Thocco Katimba did not show up and according to organisers 5 Star Entertainment’s secretary Ronald Amos, the Anaphiri star ditched the show on the last minute.
The outfit’s events manager Raymond Sekeni said he was impressed with the turn-out: “The artists were in a show of unity and we are happy they performed to the satisfaction of the patrons. Our next affair is to produce a gospel music compilation,” said Sekeni.