Lilongwe fans relish Maskal's 'Umunthu' re-launch

What earlier seemed to be a boring music show ever turned out to be the most exciting one as Maskal, real name Masiye Kansalu took to the stage at the re-launch of his ‘Umunthu’ album at Lilongwe Golf Club in Lilongwe on Sunday.

Though the show started about two hours after the scheduled time of 1:30pm, fans waited patiently ready to receive what the celebrated Afro-pop artist had in stock for them.

First to take the stage were the upcoming Yanjanani Chumbu and Moda Fumulani who work alongside The Black Missionaries but still, people were not much convinced.

The fans chose to sit down than dancing to the reggae music though Fumulani played two songs from his late brother’s album, Kweza maso and Undikonderanji.

Maskal: New album

However, fans started reacting when Anthony Makondetsa took the stage and gave them Sekuru, Wachikondi and Mbumba Ya Abraham which was performed at public demand.

It was now Maskal’s turn to show his fans the much anticipated skills that would stir the crowd, being the owner of the show. He did his best to make sure that everyone who attended the show was satisfied.

But before going to the stage, he sold a number of CDs at K1500 on which he signed autographs as a token of appreciation for their support.

He then advised them to give the CDs to their loved ones and tell them that ‘Zili ndi iwe’, which is the title for one of the tracks in his new album.

He first performed ‘Usatope‘ which has a manganje flavour and the crowd was indeed moved as people shook their waists like nobody’s business.

Apart from Zili ndi iwe and Umpeze wina from the new album, Maskal also performed songs from his previous album such as Udalire, and Wa CV, among others.

Although Piksy, who the artist collaborated with to come up with Wa CV was not available, the song was well performed, thanks to one of the patrons that memorized the lyrics and the audience appreciated as shown by their shouting.

After dishing out almost ten songs, Mafunyeta and Annie Matumbi , the only Lilongwe based artists that came to the show also fed the audience with what they know best.

The Blacks got to the stage and stormed the audience with their reggae music. They performed TimbaNdamusowa and Olipa up to the end the show at around 10:00pm.

One of the patrons, Chiyembekezo Maganga described the show as massive.

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