Malawian revellers will be seeing less of musician Lucius Banda after doctors told him to slow down on performances.
The Balaka music icon was admitted to the City Centre Clinic on Saturday after his blood pressure (BP) shot up. He was discharged on Monday evening.
And in an interview yesterday, the Balaka North parliamentarian and UDF leader of Parliament, said doctors ordered him to cease being a week-in, week out performer to give himself more rest.
“My doctor has advised me to create a lot of time for resting. I have been having too many shows and I have been unable to sleep. My normal standard performance is two hours. ‘‘The problem is that I have been going on stage after my artists have gone on stage which is around 11 and wind up at 3 am. And I haven’t been able to sleep after that because, naturally, I’m not the kind of person that can sleep in the afternoon,” he said.
As such, Lucius said he is cutting down on live shows and announcing a new regime for his performances.
“From now on, people should expect me to be on stage by 10pm so that I can go to bed by midnight. And after these shows that have already been booked for this month, it’ll be one or two shows every weekend and a lot of spaces in between the shows. We will no longer be performing every weekend,” he said.
The legendary musician, who is yet to start recording his 18th album Thank You, confessed that the he has not been able to get adequate rest after the hectic campaign period that saw him reclaiming his Balaka North parliamentary seat in the May 20 elections.
“Obviously, the campaign period was tough. And after that, it has been Parliament and shows. And then Sand Festival after that. It has been a hectic time. I have been doing too many things and it has caught up with me,” he said.
Lucius’ has been having high BP since two years ago when he collapsed on the plane en-route to South Africa and had to be rushed to the hospital straight from the airport.