Black Missionaries to hold Matafale memorial show

The country’s renowned reggae outfit, Black Missionaries is on Sunday set to host annual commemoration of its founder and iconic reggae star, late Evison Matafale in Chileka, Blantyre.

Matafale died in 2001 in while in Police custody and remains one of the respected and iconic reggae artists who helped to change the face of music in the country.

Every year, the Black Missionaries, the band Matafale formed, host commemorations in his honour at the group’s home-base, Chileka.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, the band’s lead vocalist, Anjilu Fumulani disclosed that all is set for the event, which is in its tenth year running.

The event to be held at Mankhaka community ground in the area, will start from 10 am till sun set with a list of popular musicians to perform.

Black Missionaries

Some of the names on the menu of the performers include, Afro-pop artists, Dan Lu and Maskal, self-acclaimed bush doctor, Limbani Banda, Anthony Makondetsa, Alleluya Band, Moda Fumulani among others.

“There so many artists to perform and we urge people to come in large numbers to join us in commemoration of our mentor and founder of the band, Evison Matafale who died eleven years ago. There will be a lot of things happening during the event apart from speeches and music of course,” said Anjilu Fumulani.

Fumulani said the event will also honour two fallen Fumulani brothers, Gift and Musamude who died some years ago.

Asked about the journey after Matafale and the music future, Fumulani said: “It has been a tough road since Matafale died but with the grace of God and the never ending support our fans have been giving us all these years, has made it possible for us to succeed and give out the best.

“It was not all that easy to come this far. Along the way we lost some of our brothers, Gift and Musamude. But we owe it to God’s grace and appreciate the support people give us. The future looks clear and we believe it will be amazing and flourishing”.

Black Missionaries popularly known as Mablacks has been the leading reggae band in the country with its songs enjoying massive airplays on local and international radio stations.

The band is set to release its seventh album after Matafale’s death, Kuyimba 9 next month.

Evison Matafale made a name in early 2000s with a smash hit, Waseseleka that catapulted him to the stardom, turning him into a household name as one of the country’s reggae icons.

He died after his second album, Kuyimba 2 which had a hit-song Timba and exclusive, Time Mark.

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