Musician Patience Namadingo and the Black Missionaries Band on Wednesday night delighted Lilongwe music lovers with a rare live performance of a reggae mashup.
The performance was made possible courtesy of a midweek event at Epic Exclusive Lounge in Lilongwe on Wednesday night dubbed Corporate Mashup Black Tie Event. Event organisers said the show followed public demand.
True to its theme, the two Blantyre-based acts were elegantly dressed. While it was almost a usual sight for Namadingo, it was a huge shift for the Chileka reggae boys who looked impressively beautiful in their neat tight suits.
The number of patrons defied the long-held belief that fun seekers don’t usually go out partying midweek. The event attracted a huge patronage and each of the patrons appeared ready and well-dressed for the event.
First to appear on stage were the Blacks who preluded their joint performance with Namadingo with four songs. It appeared the band, just like the patrons, could not wait for the historical moment.
MaBlacks frontman Anjiru Fumulani soon announced the arrival on stage of his partner for the night, Namadingo. The moment which the patrons had yearned for had arrived and the artists knew the ball was now in their court.
The performers seemed to enjoy every moment of their performance just like the patrons. They performed the 11-minute song three times much to the delight of the fans.
Once the double act was over, Namadingo took over and performed a number of his hits such as Tumani, Mapulani, Perefekiti and Lili Pamoto before he bowed out few minutes after 1am.
Epic Lounge owner Yollam Kawanga said: “We were asked by our patrons during our last event that they wanted to have a feel of a live mashup performance. So we had several options and when we contacted the Blacks they accepted. The show has surpassed our expectations.”
On his part, Namadingo admitted it was strange and exciting at the same time to be performing the song for the first time.