It is that time of the year again when the Chileka music family brings back to life the souls of their fallen brothers Evison Matafale, Musamude and Gift Fumulani, among others.
The annual memorial event, dubbed Matafale Memorial, goes into its 16th year with a show slated for this Sunday at Mankhokwe Ground in Chileka, Blantyre. And as usual, the mood will be that of celebrating the lives and contributions of the departed.
As per tradition, the commemorations will be led by the Black Missionaries Band, a group Matafale established before his death on November 27 in 2001. They will be joined by a long list of artists, including Limbani Banda, Young Generations, and The Wailing Brothers.
The spirit of Musamude, who succeeded Matafale and led the band until September 17 2007 when he succumbed to tuberculosis, will also be remembered. So, too, is his cousin Gift who died of the same disease in 2009.
“Basically, this moment is about bringing their spirits close to us as we celebrate the work they did during their time on earth. As God’s messengers they did their part. They fought a good battle and promoted the right cause,” Anjiru said.
The Black Missionaries frontman indicated that Matafale’s daughter Teresa, who is currently pursuing her nursing studies at Malamulo College of Nursing in Thyolo, has shown interest in the art that made his late father a national icon.
Meanwhile, Fumulani has dismissed rumours that Black Missionaries are set to perform at Chichiri Stadium upper ground, saying those who are spreading such rumours are just being provocative and petty.