Mlaka thrills Manchester: Next stop B’ham, Dublin

It was a spectacular treat for dozens of fans who thronged Q Cavern in Manchester on Saturday 27 September as Malawi’s musician Mlaka Maliro thrilled the fun seekers with his stagecraft and popular songs.

Mlaka dancing with one of the patrons

Mlaka dancing with one of the patrons

Mlaka flanked by models as he performed

Mlaka flanked by models as he performed

Watching Mlaka perform in Manchester

Watching Mlaka perform in Manchester

Mlaka performed with a live band he had barely practised with for a week in Leeds and support vocals of Bradford based Joe Chimbalangondo.

Of special note was his popular hit Maloto, though released years ago, the lyrics suited the recent Cashgate corruption scandal when he sings that “God revealed other names of people  who were looting public funds” which immediately threw fans into vigorous dancing with extended calls to the singer for more songs.

Mlaka also excited the crowds with song Mama in which he praises and thanks his mother for
the cumbersome job of bringing him up.

He did other famous hits Nditengedwa also known as Chikhwaya cha Mangochi hit song, Kamandidutsadutsa, Mukanenele and Dzanja Lalemba.

Some of the songs he performed included Nkhuku ya Njiru, Achangamuka,, Tonthola, Waolakwa, Tafatsa, NKhanga zaona and Tchalo that ensured that fans stayed on their feet singing along.

With the presence of Miss Malawi UK Rose Mmangisa and princes Angela Kendriks, who at times joined as dancing queens. Mlaka sweated out up to wee hours to resounding cheers from delighted fans.

“I am delighted that people have enjoyed this show. I could keep on performing had it not been there were time limitation,” he said after the show as patrons were having celebrity set of photo opportunity with Mlaka arguably one of the top Malawian musicians.

One of the patrons, Ishmael Kawonga remarked: “This was a good show, lively, Indeed Mlaka ndi Mlaka.”

There was also a supporting performance by rapper Popp Dogg, Malawian based in Ireland.

Meanwhile, organisers of the show – Henry Dokowe Ngwira and Kondi Bowoyeke Munthali – said Mlaka they have organised a “send off” party for Mlaka in Birmingham this coming Saturday the 4th of October where the musician will also perform “by public demand.”

And another show has been organised in Dublin, Republic of Ireland next week.

Mlaka switched from secular music to gospel. But even in secular songs his tracks mostly were extracts from the scriptures.

The artist has however maintained the same beat that made Dzanja Lalemba a bestseller 14 years ago.

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16 thoughts on “Mlaka thrills Manchester: Next stop B’ham, Dublin”

  1. sayin it like it is says:

    zoona abusa lalikani mu bottlestore yaku London yomweyo..

  2. kholowa mkabudula says:

    Yes you cannot please all Pastor! koma ka phabu kake was too small 4 that eti Pastor Mlaka?Next time try to book with pubs with big halls and cheap beer like Ceda!

  3. peter pierre says:

    inu kukamwa yasa! nzanu akukadyera nyama za uchidzete

  4. chatty man says:

    those who make noise here are always haters! you have to remember that you cannot please everyone!

  5. Atate Rashid says:

    Akuonekanso ngati anauchapa mowa Mlaka ameneyu. Born agains of today.

  6. Think Tank says:

    @ 2,Mike Fletcher,please check CAVERN in dictionary. Even the Beatles played in cavern in the their early days. Bars in developed countries may be anywhere within the allowance of the by-laws of councils. It is not the places are the cheapest. Some are very expensive. Depending on location.

  7. Joomla says:

    Mlaka has always been gospel in his music, only that this time Mlaka the musician became a born again Christian so there is nothing wrong in performing his old songs because they have gospel messages

  8. Danny says:

    Mlaka ndi Mlaka basi

  9. What more can I say. I agree with both Rasta and Fletcher observations.

  10. drakes says:

    Kodi Azungu alikuti apa, mukungovina nokhanokha Amalawi bwanji?

    1. peter says:

      nzungu ndi mbuzi iwe sunayendepo eti?tamangolimbanani ndi ma zero deficit budgetwo ku malawiko musiyeni mlaka apange zake pa england pano tamangodyani bonya ife mlaka tanjoya kuno mbuzi iwe

  11. MG1 says:

    A Mlaka mwayambanso zomka muyimba ma bar kapena tinene kuti mimowa?

    You better choose one thing dude as earthly things do not go along together with devilish things. Money should not make you to sink so low of performing in bottlestores. I wonder why Malawian artists/musicians are are always carried away once they are asked to perform outside Malawi regardless of the place(venue) against what the preach.

  12. Christian Kawawa says:

    Atumbuka mwatasa ku Mangalande! Look! Organisers Munthali, Ngwira. One of the fans – Kawonga. Kumenekonso mupempheko Federalism! Shahhhh! Mbwenumbwenus Tsopano!

  13. mike Fletcher says:

    looking at the venue it appears as if it was a basement.Look at the pipes,don’t make noise

  14. Rasta says:

    Kodi mayesa Mlaka ndi wa Gospel. Anakasiya nyimbo zinazo ndizachikunja ka. I don’t understand why he performed them chifukwa choisaka pound. KKKKKKKKKK

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