Zahara proved why her name means blossoming flower by raising her bar higher when she dazzled the audience that hugely turned up for her second leg of Malawi tour.
The stakes were high for the award-winning musician as this was her second appearance in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, after headlining the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in September 2012. She did not disappoint the audience that crammed the Great Sapitwa lobby of Cross roads Hotel.
The night started with a performance by Lulu who dazzled fans with his dancing as well as mastery of the guitar.
The surprise of the night was when Malawi Fashion Week organisers showed a sneak peak of what the May 30 to June 3 event promises. Arguably Malawi’s celebrated designer Lilly Alfonso showed her seven designs while the stage was being set for the Chileka boys, Black Missionaries.
The moment back vocalists Pinky and Nomcebo appeared on stage, followed by Zahara at around 23:05 pm, it was straight to business: roller coaster ride of nothing but her jazz tunes.
She started her performance with a rendition It doesn’t matter, before doing her hits like Incwane Encade, Lengoma, Umthwalo, Guitar, Destiny, Ndiza, her version of R Kelly’s Storm is Over and Loliwe.
“Malawi is my second home. I appreciate the love I have been accorded throughout my stay this weekend,” said Zahara.
Patrons too appreciated the spectacle.
“I watched Zahara in September and I must say she has not disappointed us. We are twice as much as lucky to have her come back to Lilongwe,” said Lilongwe resident Jessie Banda.