In what could mean the beginning of his retirement from a long music career, ‘Soldier’ Lucius Banda on Friday night presented his son, John, to patrons to a show in Liwonde as someone who will be handling his Zembani Music Company business.
Banda was performing at Ngoms Park with his Zembani Band alongside controversial Zambian musician General Kanene, real name Clifford Dimba, and a host of other musicians.
Towards the end of his cameo before handing over the stage to Kanene, Banda called his son on stage and introduced him as the one to run the band’s business.
Friday night’s show was billed in adverts to start at 8pm, but there was no sign of the main acts until 10:58pm when Banda’s crew drove into the park on an unregistered white Range Rover Vogue.
Then, Limbani Banda, who rebranded to Lambanie Dube, was holding the stage, dishing out a mixture of, mainly, Peter Tosh’s songs and his composition.
He paved the way for Sam Simakweli, who continued with his trend of stealing the show at such performances.
Soldier came on stage way into the morning hours and began by apologising for his no-show at a show he was scheduled to perform at in Zomba on July 10.
The Balaka North United Democratic Front (UDF) member of Parliament said he failed to show up because he “was tied up with parliamentary business.”
He paved the way for Kanene who returned to perform in the country for the first time after being pardoned from an 18-year jailed term for defilement last year.
Clad in a white fitting suit, he dished out only four songs, including Holy Ghost fire and Bwezanikoni mutengo, taking the show to around 3am.
He wooed the patrons throughout his performance, inviting some to dance with him on stage.