It’s full tank and in condition—Yes! These are the best terms to describe the Zomba based Police Orchestra if the thrilling performance they put up at Motel Paradise in Blantyre on Friday night is anything to rate its future.
Face to face with crowd pullers the Black Missionaries and Anthony Makondetsa aka Mr Cool, the Police Orchestra needed nothing more than an excellent performance to revive their name on the music scene.
Backed by 54 speakers from Jai Banda’s Entertainers Promotions, the group performed beyond everyone’s expectation.
The journey started on a low tone with a track called Mainesi which met a lukewarm response. However, it was their 1980s hits Mudzalira, Choncho, Achidyangu and Muno mtauni that revived the momentum of the night.
“We are still fresh and we are returning with full force. What we have done today is the beginning. We are coming with new releases,” said the group’s leader Sub inspector Francisco Kaombe.
And in unusual style, the Black Missionaries started the chapter by introducing brothers of deceased local reggae stars Toza Kapito for departed Evison Matafale and Moda Fumulani for Gift Fumulani.
The Blacks and Mr Cool took over after 1am through to around 5am.
“This is a combination I have liked most. A performance that leaves a patron satisfied. All artists have performed well and I hope Police Orchestra will be back,” said one of the patrons Victor Gondwe after the show.
Organiser of the show Jai Banda just said: “Let the patrons speak I believe we have proved that we are the best.”
The sound equipment could be heard as far as Kameza round-about, Mbayani Township, according to some patrons that arrived late at the show.