Malawian music legend Lucius Banda, who wound up his month-long tour of South Africa last weekend in Cape Town, has paid tribute to the South African audience for the ‘love and support’ during his tour.
Lucius and his Zembani Band last month embarked on a tour of South African cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town to launch his new CD and DVD ‘Time’.
He wound up his tour with three shows in Cape Town starting Friday at Platinum Lounge, Saturday afternoon at Side 5 and a final show on Saturday night at Amadoda in Woodstock.
The tour has seen the self-styled ‘People’s Soldier’ performing at venues such as Scallas, New World Café, Marafuko Club and The Equator.
“Like I said when I started this tour, Malawi has an additional district and the name is South Africa. Everywhere I went in South Africa, I was mobbed by fans as if I was back home,” the iconic musician told Nyasa Times in an interview from Cape Town.
“We came here to launch our album and we have been overwhelmed and overjoyed by the response that we have received here. The people here have supported us tremendously. There have been people who have followed us across the country and watched every show, which is remarkable.
“So, as Lucius Banda and Zembani Band, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the South African fans for the support, more especially the Malawian community here for the love they have shown us. We would like to assure them that we will definitely be back before the year is over. This is now our second home.”
Lucius confided that if it had been his choice, he would have remained in South Africa for another month to proceed with his tour.
“The demand for more shows is huge and we have been getting calls from other towns to go and perform there. We would really love to but we have to go back home because we have other business to attend to. But we will be back.”