Everything that people are going to see during Patience Namadingo’s concert, scheduled for Saturday night at Comesa Hall in Blantyre, will be derived from a Malawian idea called Konkuno conceived by the artist.
In an interview yesterday, Namadingo revealed that Konkuno concept capitalises on local resources, talents and expertise to achieve results of international standards.
Among other things, the Blantyre concert will have equipment and sound engineering which was used at last year’s Lake of Stars (LoS) and provided by Nyanja Productions. There will also be free cocktail for Very Important Persons (VIP) section, snack bars, point of sale machines to ease people’s access to financial services plus many other services.
Malawians usually associate anything unique and remarkable with developed countries. But Namadingo said time has come for people to appreciate real talent and great ideas from Malawi.
“Malawians have been underrated for a long time based on what we see how other countries perform or watch them deliver on screen,” said Namadingo, adding Konkuno concept makes the most of government-championed Buy Malawi Strategy (BMS) to promote usage of local products.
“Only if we knew how other countries ensure that their own products such as musicians achieve great brands, Malawian artists would have not been struggling by now. I mean, companies would have not been competing to sponsor foreign acts by now. But I believe this mentality will change after watching my Saturday concert,” assured Namadingo.
The Msati Mseke hit-maker is also expected to unveil Patience Namadingo and The VIP band, which will back him. The four-member band comprises bassist Aaron Kapenda, pianist Chisomo Ngondo, drumer Levie Phiri and lead guitarist Godffrey . n