With just a few days to go before the African Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) ceremony in Nigeria, Malawi has been honoured to add yet another artist to the list of performers, Joseph Tembo, a guitar maestro.
Tembo and his Groove Magic Band will join several Nigerian musicians at the glitzy event that will honour fine artists in the African and African diaspora film industry.
Tembo, famous for his songs Dimingu, Mbudye and Samalila, has not been active in the music circles after joining politics as a member of Parliament in 2009. However, he says that does not mean he has lost his musical side.
“It is true that my band the Groove Magic and I are travelling to Nigeria to perform at Amaa. I know, for some, this might come as a surprise because I have not been performing on a large scale. However, I have not lost my musical side. In fact, the person who invited me saw me performing at Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan’s state banquet a few months ago. In short, I have not been idle,” said Tembo.
Eight people, including Peter Likhomo on bass guitar, Collen Ali on lead guitar, Amos Mulolowa on drums, Chisomo Ngondo on keyboard, Khathwa Aligiza on vocals and Daniel Thom on percussion will leave today.
“We are looking forward to the performance and believe you me, we will not disappoint. We have been rehearsing day and night so as not to disappoint ourselves, our country and most importantly, those who have invited us,” he said.
Some of the songs he will perform are Taiwala Chikhalidwe, Mbudye, Ndalimba Mtima and if time permitting, few songs that Tembo has recorded but are yet to be out.