Airtel, 101 hypes up Valentine celebrations

Love is in the air. In building up hype towards the romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day-February 14th,-the country’s leading mobile network provider Airtel Malawi and FM 10 radio over the weekend spoiled Blantyre-based youngsters with a rare music performance.

With the likes of Nthumwi Pixy, Blakjak, Dare Devils, Barry One, Armstrong and Isu on the menu of performers, the show at Shire highlands hotel was clear irresistible to fun-craving youths who jammed packed the hotel’s pool side to cheer for their youthful artists.

Despite the afternoon rains halting the performances for almost an hour, the eagerness and hunger for the microphone in the artists was not all muted, as each of them braced the mantle to dish out the best to the thrilled audience that seemed not to have been bothered with the rains at all.

Music performance aside, Airtel ceased the moment to interact with the crowd and gave out assorted items out of its branded products. It gave out airtime as well as T-shirts to various couples, all in building the tempo in readiness for the Valentine’s Day on Tuesday.

Opening the mic was the hip-hop artist Isu who warmed up the rain-spoiled crowd, but it was until the man of moment, Blakjak of formerly Nyasa Guruz who emerged out unbeaten in drying up the coldness in the crowd.

And his six-year pilgrimage with now almost defunct Guruz, paid much dividends when he took the audience by hook and swept it off its feet in no time with what would be described as the performance of the day.

Blakjak did three songs from his yet to be released solo album but the most sparkling point of his time on stage was when he did Mavuto and controversial song of the moment Wadya Iwe.

He skillfully engage the audience in irresistible sing along with whistles and handclapping of excitement that only boiled thirsty in following artists to not cool off the tempo the dancehall kingpin generated.

Then it was hip-hop duo the Dare Devil of the brothers Marcus and DG who did unexpected, lighting up the moments to the peak only wanna-be rappers could dream about. Pixy and Armstrong also did their best, proving to the crowd why they should be listed among the stars on the Malawian hall of fame.

In an interview FM 101 radio dj Malick-Masuzgo Msiska- was lost of word due to the hype the show built up in readiness for valentine.

“As a radio station that focuses on promoting local talent we thought it wise to let the Blantyre based youth come together and enjoy and interact with their favorite urban artists while hyping up for valentine, which is on Tuesday. Despite the rains but the fun was much flaming up and the artists did not disappoint and that’s what we expected,” Malick explained.

Malick said despite tight schedule for some of the performing artists, they managed to bring out the best and promised to have another show in months to come.

“This is our first show this year and we have outlined several similar performances this year across the country like next month we will be in Lilongwe having fun with our listeners in the capital city,” said Malick who is the host of FM 101 popular youth show, Gowero Beats that is aimed at promoting urban music.

One of the youngsters at the show could not hide his excitement for the exhilarating performances the billed artists gave out.

“This is what we young people want to have time and again. Instead of spending time home doing things that never take us no-where, there is a need for such radio stations like FM 101 to be giving us such shows where we can dance and see our favorite urban artists on stage. I really enjoyed the day and could not regret standing the rain for an hour waiting to see the artists on stage and dance to their songs,” said Eugine Matabwa of Bangwe Township.

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