Blantyre nods Maskal’s Nthawi DVD

Blantyre music enthusiasts on Saturday night proved their loyalty when they turned up in hundreds to witness ‘Nthawi’  music video album launch by Maskal.

The scene was set at Robins Park and the impressive turn out and devotion the fans showed throughout the night performances despite several hitches was only needed approval to declare the DVD launched.

The show was delayed for almost two hours due to power failure and late set up of equipment, but the audience proved not disappointed as they remained calm in readiness for the night’s spectacular showcase that was curtain-raised by performances by budding diva Calista, Cyclone, Black Jack, Trumel, Armstrong, Jeddie I Tafari, Biriwiri and of course the man Mandela (Third Eye) who put up impressive show down.

Despite persistence of equipment hiccups, the line-up of Maskal, Anthony Makondetsa and Black Missionaries was enough assurance that made the audience stick to its loyalty not to abandon the show.

Maskal: Launches Nthawi

The billed cast really gave the people that had gathered to patronize Nthawi DVD album launch performances worth their money.

Although the expected big screen viewing of some of the music videos in Nthawi DVD had its share of drama as the used equipment let down the organizers in the presence of the audience, the show lived up to its billing.

Makondetsa was first to set the first flick of the sparkling light when he proved his stage mastery through ‘Mbumba ya Abraham’, ‘Alibe Mulandu’ and ‘Uzagonja’.

The songs were irresistible for the audiences. He energetically persuaded almost every living soul in the building to the dance floor and ably kept the fire balanced with impressive stage skills. No wonder the audience kept calling for an encore.

He then paved way for the man of the night; Maskal who jumped on stage composed and set to up-temple the mood set by the jam master Makondetsa.

Maskal threw in ‘Wa CV’, collaboration with Nthumwi Piksy, as an opener. The duo proved worth watching as they skilfully interacted with the audience with a couple of sing along.

He ditched almost all songs in the DVD except ‘Superman’ which was left out of the shooting. After an hour of showcasing his stage skills, the self called Singjay handed over the mic to Mablacks who were in their usual feat.

Right there and then, it was the usual feeling and glitters one would always get when patronizing Black Missionaries’ show, impressive performance with good sound that equalled a CD.

“I knew it would be the night of wonders. Though we were let down by the failing equipment, but the guys managed to give us what we expected and even more than that,” said Felix Kagwa of Chigumula.

It was the first time for urban artists to perform at Robins Park. The show organized by Nde’feyo Entertainment was sponsored by Star Radio, Access Communications Limited, MBC TV and Mzika Wear among others.

Maskal born Masiye Kasaru launched his professional music career with the premiere of the smash-hit album Nthawi last year at now closed French Culture Centre in Blantyre and quickly turn out to be a national pin-up.

Nthawi a package of soaring vocals, tender lyrics and an added zest of soul is a darling of everyone young and old.The DVD is as expected a must-watch. It has videos that were well shot and complete with story lines that imbue a cool swagger type of movement. It has been produced and directed by video master Chipiliro Khonje and Nde’feyo Entertainment.

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