Gospel artist Patience Namadingo says his tour of Europe has given him experience that will reshape his music career.
Namadingo and his VIP Band have so far held four shows in Germany and Switzerland.
“It was pleasant to get positive responses from an audience that has never listened to our music. Most of them said the only thing they know about Africans and Malawians is that we are poor. Our tour changed that perception. They now appreciate our music,” he said in a WhatsApp interview from Germany.
Namadingo said all Malawians have the duty to show the world what they are capable of doing.
“We can change the negative perceptions that people in Europe have about us by being creative and working hard,” said the singer.
The band had their first gig in Bern, the capital city of Switzerland.
The team later went to Switzerland’s biggest city Zurich.
“The show was well patronised,” he said.
Namadingo and VIP Band later travelled to Germany for two more gigs held at St Katharina Open Air Festival in Berlin.
Malawians have been following his exploits on social media where he has been updating about his work in Europe.
Tiya Butao, a patron who attended one of the shows said: “Come again soon, you guys rocked, it was epic.”
Namadingo has travelled with pianist Chisomo Ngondo, drummer Chikondi Mbewe and bass guitarist Ephraim Chambota Chirwa.
They are expected back home on July 6.