Restrictions on public gatherings as a precautionary measure to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) did not deter one of the country’s most popular gospel groups, Ndirande Anglican Voices, from celebrating 20 years of existence.
The group held an impressive two-hour live show through Mibawa Television on Sunday evening.
From 5pm, the NdirandeTwonship-based gospel group dished out its first song Ine Ndibwelera followed by Ndili ndi Mantha. Then the group performed Inenso Ndili Mommo followed by Chinyengo.
Led by the group’s music director Denis Kalimbe, the group then performed Oimba Ndi Ambiri.
At 6.20pm, the group took a break, paving the way for Jonathan Mbuna, member of the Anglican Church, to give a short sermon before the group returned with more songs.
In his sermon, taken from the book of John 5 verses one to nine, Mbuna spoke of the abilities of Jesus.
“It is important to listen to God’s words. In these Covid-19 times where people are worried, Christians should look up to Jesus for help as he is the answer to everything,” he said.
Other songs the group performed were M’bale Udzabweza Chani, Sindibweza Choipa, Imbani Alleluya and Bulu.
At exactly 7pm, the group took a bow from stage.
Special guests at the event included Musicians Union of Malawi president Gloria Manong’a, Entertainers Promotion founder Jai Banda, Canon Kalilombe and James Chimwaza.
The sizeable audience observed strict social distancing measures as stipulated by government in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a post-performance interview, Kalimbe said they were happy with the event.
“We achieved what we wanted. We are excited with the feedback we got and it feels good to reconnect with our fans through this event,” he said.
Kalimbe disclosed that they plan to have more of such events as it is the only way to reconnect with fans who are hungry for such forms of entertainment.
He said: “Preaching the word of God through music means a lot. It demands a lot in terms of dedication and humbleness. We have survived a lot and we are happy to be here.”
The group has 18 members. It started with 24 members. From the original outfit, only four—George Nkhoma, Maria Kamanga, Christopher Malani and Kalimbe himself—are still with the group.
Mibawa Studio owner John Nthakomwa said the arrangement with the group is part of a praise and worship session they have introduced whereby worship groups are holding live studio performances for free.