If you are a new artist and planning to launch an album, tread carefully with the choice of supporting artists or they may end up outshining you on stage and stealing your show.
This was the case on Sunday at Blantyre’s Robin’s Park when the line-up of supporting artists Aunt Gettie, Mr. Malawi and Atcheya proved to be too hot to handle when they spiced up the album launch of Tilimbe Choir from Ndirande’s Zambezi Evangelical Church.
The three artists, whose art of mimicking Malawi’s former presidents (Bakili Muluzi, the late Bingu wa Mutharika and Joyce Banda) put up a scintillating performance, which lit up Robin’s Park.
The mimickers seemed prepared for the showpiece right from their costume and the design of stage performance. For example, Frank Naligonje, who trades as Bakili Atcheya Muluzi, stole the gospel show with his rare act of dishing out K50 banknotes to patrons.
His entry and exit techniques to and from the stage, were intriguing too, attracting a standing ovation and whistling from fans. Donning a grey suit with a yellow neck tie, Naligonje was accompanied by his first lady who was clad in all-yellow traditional attire. They all imposingly walked on the red-carpet with Naligonje splashing the K50s to fans.
Naligonje brought back those memories of Muluzi’s interaction with supporters when fans scrambled for the K50s in the gigantic Robin’s Park.
Then the audience was treated to rare shenanigans of the late Bingu wa Mutharika through Snowden Tembo aka Mr. Malawi who accurately spoke like him.
The Zikomo kwambiri (Thank you very much) and choncho (therefore) patterns, which were commonly spoken by Bingu, were too tempting to prevent fans from breaking into laughter.
From the fond memories of late Bingu, patrons were treated to yet another dose of political statements of Joyce Banda through Kenwoood Sambalika also known as Auntie Gettie. What was more interesting with Auntie Gettie was that people broke into laughter upon seeing him clad in regalia similar to which former president Joyce Banda used to don.