At exactly 3.08 pm on Friday, the Air Malawi flight from Johannesburg touched down at Chileka International Airport in Malawiâ€™s commercial city, Blantyre, bringing in the continentâ€™s high perching South African songstress Zahara.
She performs at the Bingu International Conference Centre Â in the Capital, Lilongwe, on Saturday.
As the planeâ€™s engines toned down, the excitement of having Zahara in the Warm Heart of Africa grew, adding wood to an already fierce fire of expectation.
â€˜I wonâ€™t disappointâ€™
Radiant as a flower, tucked among her six band members and a man running management affairs, she tirelessly smiled back to a cheerful crew and fans, pronouncing a boiling display of Saturday where she shares the stage with internationally acclaimed Malawian musician Wambali Mkandawire.
“I am just so excited to be here because itâ€™s my first time to be in Malawi. I have heard about Malawi and the great people of Malawi.
“I canâ€™t wait for tomorrow for the show. I know probably the people know about my songs and everything but then I expect more because when itâ€™s me on stage with my mic and my guitar, itâ€™s different. Now I get to see the people. I canâ€™t wait.
“The reception when I was off the flight was beautiful. Thank you very much for inviting me. I know I wonâ€™t disappoint,” she declared.
Zahara said she jumped at the opportunity to come to Malawi “because itâ€™s Africa; itâ€™s my home.
“It doesnâ€™t matter where I get invited toâ€”as long as itâ€™s Africa, I wonâ€™t think twice,” she said.
â€˜I am blessedâ€™
Digging into her background, Zahara said the Arabic name “means â€˜a blooming flowerâ€™ which only booms in the desert. It blooms without water.
“I guess where I come fromâ€”the villageâ€”and where I am now, it tells you about Zahara, the flower,” she said.
The songstress said from a Christian background, she grew with a mic in her hand from as early as six.
Now, she realises, “things are happening so fast. I am blessed,” she said.
Zahara connected to Lilongwe about an hour later.