Launch of Lilongwe-based artist Ronald Thamakela debut album Wandichotsa Kutali will go into the annals of gospel shows history in the country’s capital as unexpected thousands of fans walked to Shaeffer ICA Marque to grace it on New Year eve.
Though it started late due to a number of technical issues, the show which was punctuated by a red carpet event was a moment to behold.
During the show, just after Thamakela had performed, a raffle-draw was held and Paul Maliwa, 28, went home with a K3 million worth Honda Civic car model.
Everyone who went to the show was an eligible entrant as only tickets were accepted.
In an interview, Thamakela said he was “wowed” with the support he had gotten from the people of Lilongwe.
“It is God’s grace. It is not easy for people to come to a launch of someone as unknown as I was. I have been encouraged greatly,” Thamakela told Nyasa Times.
His manager, Chris Loka, said they “expected” the patronage.
“We had planned well. We were unique. Like, for example, the idea of the red carpet event and the giving out of a car through a raffle draw,” explained the manager-cum-journalist.
The supporting artists during the show Gwamba – who recently launched his Jesus is My Boss album at Bingu International Conference Centre in the same city – and Miracle Chinga – daughter to departed celebrity gospel musician Grace Chinga and Patience Namadingo did not disappoint either.
It was first time for the Better hit-maker to perform from his album after his launch.
He described the show as “amazing.”