Malawi acoustic maestro Chalamanda holds birthday concert in Lilongwe

Good wine taste better with age so is Giddes Chalamanda’s music. Despite old age, the veteran acoustic guitarist has defied all odds to be the ‘last man standing’ from the olden era.

His music skills have faced test of times with each composition equals the modern music. The award winner turned 81 on January 15, same day the country commemorates the death of one of its John Chilembwe.

However, the celebrations did not just end right on Chalamanda’s door steps in Charadzulu district despite well spent with the acoustic duo of Edgar and Davis. The moments live on with Lilongwe to be the first to share the best moments with the country’s old acoustic guitarist as well as peasant farmer.

Chameleon Four Seasons will be the place on Saturday night for Lilongwe music fanatics to celebrate with Chalamanda with live performances from Edgar ndi Davis Band, Uncle Lai, Noah, Chims and the old man himself among others.

Giddes Chalamanda
Giddes Chalamanda

According to one of the organizers, Davis Njobvu of Edgar ndi Davis Band, the show will have many undisclosed surprises to make it worth for Chalamanda who made headlines with Liny, Buffalo Soldier, Akazi aku aMalawi and others.

“This event will be covered on DVD for posterity sake. And we urge people to come with their gifts to be showered on Mr. Giddes. Uncle Lai, Chims and Noah Bulambo who are all members of Edgar ndi Davis Band will join other artists to party the night away with Lilongwe fans,” said Davis.

Davis described Chalamanda as grandfather of acoustic music in the country.

“He is the grandfather of acoustic music in Malawi. What I always say is that there is only one Giddes Chalamanda. He is a genius”.

Chalamanda won Malawi Music Award (MMA) two years ago and never stop amazing fans with his broken English which has made him a household name eventually catapulted him into All-times great distinction.

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