A new entertainment joint, Flames of Faya, opens its doors on Friday in Blantyre’s Chitawira township.
Opening with Chileka-based reggae group, Black Missionaries, the fun spot will also feature Afreekan Sweet Pot Restaurant and the Big Things executive lounge, bar and performance hall.
Flames of Faya proprietor Elijah Phekani said the opening of the joint, situated close to Chitawira Primary School, is his zeal to ‘keep the fire burning’ in his childhood neighbourhood.
“I am just rekindling the fire my father ignited at this place, which used to be an entertainment hub. It is my way of contributing not only to recreation and leisure, but also our consciousness since apart from musical performance, it will also feature poetry and cultural events like zinkhoswe,” said Phekani.
Phekani, who has been running similar businesses in South Africa could, however, not say how much has been invested into renovating the spot, claiming it is in millions.
“It has taken us 16 months to come to this end. We know for its centrality, it will be the axis of entertainment for various Blantyre townships,” said Phekani.
His business partner, Ras Limbani Makata, said a regular feature will be the weekly Thursday Jam-jam which will see DJs Kenny Klips, Krystal and Spyda spinning the decks.
“The restaurant will offer African dishes at affordable rates. We also have a studio under construction. For the bands, we have full equipment for their performances,” said Makata.