‘Ma Blacks’ confirm Matafale’s 15th Memorial show: Wailling Brothers in attendance

Business is expected to come to a stand still on Sunday 27 November 2016 in the Commercial City of Blantyre as all roads lead to Chileka where Malawi’s sensational reggae group Black Missionaries host a 15th Evison Matafale Memorial Show at the Mankhombwe ground.

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Matafale

Black Missionaries front man Anjiru Fumulani confirmed the development on Wednesday.

The memorial show is an annual event aimed at clebrating the life of late Evison Matafale-Founder of the Black Missionaries Band.

According to Fumulani, the show is also rememberance to some of the great sons of Chileka including Gift Fumulani and Musamude Fumulani who died in 2005 and 2008 respectively.

Matafale died on 27th November 2001 while in police custody following his arrest suspected to have authored a sedition letter against the then government of Dr. Bakili Muluzi and his United Democratic Front (UDF).

He took Malawi by storm after releasing his debut and only album Kuimba 1 in 1999 which carried hits like Nkhawa Bii, Yang’ana Nkhope, Olenga dzuwa, Poison so Sweet, Overthrow among others.

This year’s memorial show is number 15th and is expected to bring together local reggae music heavy weights among them the Wailling brothers whose members  also worked with Matafale in his Kuimba 1 project.

“So far [on the list of performers] we have Ma blacks, Anthony Makondetsa, Yanjanani Chumbu,  khoz Masimbe, Soul Raiders, Wailing Brothers, Young generation, Lambani Dube, Tamanya waka Chavula, Toza Matafale and Moda Fumulani. Others are yet to confirm,” Anjiru told Nyasa Times.

Meanwhile, the gifted lead singer has called upon all Malawians from all corners to patronise the show and desist from any act of violence.

“We organize ths memorial show in honour as well as to celebrate the life of our brother Evie and other dear brothers Gift and Musamude so we dont like violence; this is not a violence place,” said Fumulani.

 

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  1. The Analyst says:

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    Whoever doesn’t like gossip should not read on.
    But wise is the one who realises that gossip is 99% true and that there is always a thing or two that one can learn from gossip.
    . . . You see . . .
    When I first heard the song “Step down Babylon” by Matafale, some of us knew that Matafale was up to something. The song is just as political as the message therein, is piercing.
    . . . “Step down Babylon [Muluzi] you are old,” the song begins.
    . . . “You have never seen an overthrow (an uprising), king Emmanuel (someone else) will take over”, it continues.
    . . . “Your head is just a big box; carrying a very small brain”; the song pierces even harder.
    . . . And you make a lot of noise (at political rallies), not to comfort, but to scare (ine siwamasewera iai/kuchitekete/achalume).
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    Since the message in the song was hidden in plain sight, Muluzi, just like many people; did not understand it. Realising this, Matafale took a step further and translated the same song-message in an open letter to Muluzi. And then tragedy followed.
    . . . But what issues did Matafale have with Muluzi, to liken his (Muluzi’s) presidency to Babylon’s hence the warning that it would not last? And did Muluzi have to react that way (howsoever he reacted)?
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    Notwithstanding whatever issues Matafale had with Muluzi and subsequent reaction (by Muluzi), one thing is very clear: Matafale was in a class of his own. His songs (like Zaka Zonsezi) are just as young as relevant as new. Such is a mark of greatness.
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