Malawi night music gala in UK’s Market Side, Nottingham

England’s city of Legends, Nottingham, will  this Saturday , November 17th at the city’s renowned gigantic African entertainment mecca, The Market Side Bar host  a strictly gargantuan Malawian night music extravaganza.

Africans and all other nationals in the UK are expected to join Malawians in celebrating Malawi’s music .

Malawi, a nation still in music transformation, has survived decades of contemporary music colonization and influx and now has just begun a triumphant renaissance of musical journey to conquer the world.

The Malawian night is largely expected to celebrate the connections being made by modern Malawian musicians of diverse genres, taking a new musical journey to stamp a stupendous authority on the international music scene.

According to the organisers the event, Richard ‘M’dzukulu’ Makeke in conjunction with The Market Side Entertainment Promotions director Paul Mushambi, the music gala night dubbed ‘Strictly Malawi Night’ aims to integrate Malawi’s traditional and contemporary ensembles and styles with the international audiences and native diaspora citizens thus making known Malawi music and dance to other nationals from across the globe.

“The purpose of the show is to bring awareness of the diverse and rich cultures of Malawi through music and dance within Nottingham and surrounding areas and to establish a market for Malawian music to the fore on world market,” Makeke told Nyasa Times in an interview.

He added: “This will also help Malawians in the UK to participate in a music and art culture which aims at bringing the Diaspora African community together as one and to unite Malawian citizens as well as promoting a sense of nationalism among Malawians in the UK.”

The Strictly Malawian Night show will be hosted by master spinner DJ Cosmo and Peter Makossah otherwise known as DJ Funky P spinning the decks throughout the night.

Acclaimed Malawian new school music deities in the likes of evergreen, Lucius ‘Soldier’ Banda, the formidable crowd pulling Black Missionaries Band, the implausible talented songster Piksy, silky-voiced Maskal, sensational Ben Michael, the bravura hip hop star Theo Thomson, the incredible pop icon, Armstrong Kaluwa, Nyau King, versatile R and B crooner Lulu and up and coming formidable performer, Young Luv,  the unsurpassed rap kingpin Tay Grin, the exciting music comic duo Edgar ndi Davis, self-styled Lawrence Mbenjere, secular-turned gospel songster, Mlaka Maliro, gospel diva Ethel Kamwendo-Banda and man of the moment Skeffa Chimoto among many others are expected to have their music on the spin throughout the night making patrons wriggling their waists and bodies.

In a separate interview DJ Funky P (Peter Makossah) who once corroborated with Lucius Banda on hit songsWabodza and Kuchekuche in Banda’s 13th album, Survivor   promised that the night will be a bonfire of entertainment saying patrons must brace themselves for a greatest show worth to remember in a lifetime.


Said Makossah:  “We expect it to be a colourful combination of music and dance. It will be a blast. “

Market Side Entertainment Promotions according to Paul Mushambi is on a mission to bring Malawi’s people’s favourite band, Black Missionaries and feted lyrical maestro Lucius Banda alongside Maskal ofzili Ndiwe fame to the UK mid next year.

Mushambi said Market Side Entertainment Promotions will be jetting down into the UK Zimbabwe’s most exciting music act Suluman ‘Heya Heya’ Chimbetu son to Zimbabwe’s legendary and celebrated music icon the late Simon Chimbetu for a UK tour.

He  said at the Strictly Malawi night event tickets to the Sulumani Chimbetu shows will be given to best Malawian dressed couple and well as the best dancers adding that Chimbetu is an interesting act to the Malawian music levellers because he sings some of his songs in Chichewa.

Mushambi said Chimbetu who is currently the most popular artist in Zimbabwe at the moment will have a special appearance at Kwacha House in Nottingham, owned by Malawian entrepreneur; Ken ‘Brown-Sugar’ Mjojo for a pre-show red carpet party.

Lucius Banda who applauded the organisers of the Malawi music gala night in the UK for putting Malawi music on an international podium in an interview confirmed to have been approached by Market Side Entertainment Promotions for a UK tour next year.

“First, I must say it humbling to have our music played in the UK, there is nothing gratifying for an artist to have his works consumed on international level. I hope such events will be organised in other countries as well. I’ve been contacted for a tour in the UK next year and it will be exciting touring with the Blacks,” said Lucius.

Doors for the Malawi gala night on Saturday at the Market Side on Bath Street (NG 1 1DF) at the heart of Nottingham city centre will be opened at 22:00 hours prompt up until 04: oo hours and the entry is free and according to the organisers there will also be a braii all night long on sale.

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