As if saying ‘we can do it on our own without the Black Missionaries Band’, The Wailing Brothers are brimming with confidence ahead of the launch of their Unfinished Project at Robin’s Park in Blantyre tonight.
The Wailing Brothers’ front man Takudziwani ‘Taku’ Chokani was quick to say that the recently re-established band is not only ‘wailing for a classic launch, but also independence as another reggae powerhouse in the country.
“The Wailing Brothers have come to stay and to prove this, fans should come to our album launch on Friday night to prove for themselves that we are wailing for meaningful independence,” said Taku.
Before regrouping themselves as The Wailing Brothers, key members of the band Taku and Paul have been performing alongside Chileka-based Black Missionaries since their mentor Evison Matafale formed the Chileka band prior to the launch of Kuimba 2 in 2001.
But things fell apart late last year when the Chokani siblinigs announced their independent establishment, The Wailing Brothers.
However, the band has a huge task to execute as this is going to be their first time to dare Blantyre fans as The Wailing Brothers.
The absence of The Black Missionaries on the list of the supporting artists has exacerbated the highly debated bad blood between the two reggae power houses.
But Taku played down any propaganda saying The Wailing Brothers is up to a ‘serious mission’.
“What we are saying is that we are on a serious mission and this begins on Friday night before going to Lilongwe on Sunday. This is not only an album launch, but also the official start of The Wailing Brothers band so we cannot compromise quality,” he said.
With Paul on drums and lead vocals, Taku on lead guitar and voices, Chikumbutso Simbi on lead voices, Ephraim Chambota Chirwa on bass guitar, Innocent Kalonga on keyboards and Harold Kainja on second keyboard, Taku said The Wailing Brothers is complete and ready to spark Robin’s Park.
“This launch will be like the return of princes of reggae music in Malawi so watch out the space,” charged Taku.
On the line up of the supporting artists are Soldier Lucius Banda and his Zembani Band, Toza Matafale, Moda Fumulani, Queenfyah and The Black Syndicate Band. n