Hip-hop artists Third Eye, Gwamba and Young Kay made a statement Friday night as they put up an electrifying show at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
The whole production and their performances did not only set the bar high for everyone in the game, but also validated why the music industry in Malawi is worth investing in.
The atmosphere inside the BICC Auditorium was clear that the all-suited-up Soul Rebel Entertainment (SRE) artists, with backing from the Harmless Soul Band, were not in for below par displays.
Perhaps the presence of veteran musicians Maria Chidzanja Nkhoma and Lucius Banda on the line up was the stimulus because despite a “not so impressing” audience, the “MamaAndMe” concert was ground-breaking.
After the ABC Ballet’s showcase at about 8:20pm, the legendary Chidzanja Nkhoma openedthe music performances at the Mother’s Day themed event.
The musician and radio personality was truly in her fabulous form with her iconic act, packaged of jazz and traditional songs “Africa”, “Ndifera Moyenda”and “Mwana wa Mzako”.
She was then joined by Gwamba, Third Eye and Young Kay. The three rappers performed with her special songs done for their mothers, titled “Mlera Nkhungwa”, “I Love You” and “Amazing Grace”, respectively.
After she took a bow to a standing ovation, Mama Maria left the Blantyre lyricist Young Kay on stage and his next song was “Photo Book”, followed by “Anankabango”, “Mamvelamvela” and “Utawaleza”.
Hyphen paved way for Gwamba, and joined by backing vocalists Tigris and Kell Kay, the UNFPA Malawi ambassador had exciting numbers on his playlist.
He gave the audience an energetic display of his hit songs “Ndiyima Pachulu”, “Tikakumane Kumadzi”, “Munthu” and “Ineyo Walero”.
The highlight of the night was Third Eye’s set. The poetic rapper performed songs from his upcoming 8th album called “Highly Underrated”. From his previous albums, he did “Dzuka”, dedicated to his late young brother Stevie.
Curated by the Chanco Travelling Theatre and ABC ballet, Mandela’s set demonstrated how a phenomenon performer he is. It was an“outside the box” gripping performance and the two groups put the icing on the cake and made the show a trendsetter.
Lucius Banda, who was the final performer for the night, said he was extremely impressed.
“As we’re looking at ways of bridging the gap between us the old and the young ones, we have to be innovative.
“I’m deeply impressed with the whole production and I’m happy that these young artists could put up a show like this with no corporate support,” said the musician-cum-politician.
Third Eye said they were not disappointed by the low turnout because they expected it.
“In Malawi people look down on hip-hop and above all, people did not care that we had Lucius and Maria Chidzanja Nkhoma.
“But we’re just getting started, this was our birthday and people should look out for something big,” said Third Eye as he disclosed that SRE plans to roll out nationwide public debates called ‘Why Should I Care’.
The artist will also be launching his mobile music application called Rediyo Music App, which is currently available on Google Play for testing.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :