Zambia’s afro jazz artist James Sakala, makes his maiden solo appearance in Malawi when he performs at Crossroads Hotel tomorrow.
Sakala comes face to face with award-winning local act Faith Mussa as well as up-and-coming gospel musician Shammah Vocals.
In an interview, Sakala who is coming courtesy of Nthanda Artworks, said he has been looking forward to his Malawi gig.
“I am excited about my debut performance in Malawi. I love the fact that Malawi appreciates quality music and I can’t wait to share my music with her. I don’t like referring to people that love and support my music as fans; for me they are family because without them I can never be what I am,” he said.
Sakala has been singing since 2006 as a back-up artist but went solo in 2013.
In a separate interview, Shammah Vocals, real name Shammah Stola, said he is looking forward to working with the Mussa and Sakala.
“First of all it is a great privilege sharing the stage with these two big artists and I am looking forward to a great time with them,” he said.
Meanwhile, local artist Ethel Kamwando-Banda will this evening unveil her three new albums before her Blantyre fans at Mount Soche’s Njamba room.
Fresh from a tour of the Central Region where she went for a similar mission last weekend, Kamwendo-Banda will officially launch her package of three albums Moyo Wanga, Ndili Pa Nzere and Tate Ndinu Oyera.
The artist, whose last album Chete, came as far back as 2010, made a return to the studio this year and the resultant product has come in no lesser quantities than this trilogy.
In an interview, Kamwendo-Banda said she cannot wait to have her Blantyre fans sample her new material after spending a long time on the sidelines. n