Fun-seekers in Blantyre on Saturday night could not be anywhere but Chez Ntemba Night Club where some of the country’s top musicians treated them to their favourite local jams during the Big Brother Africa (BBA) Double-Up party.
The music party was organised by digital satellite TV (DStv) service provider in the country, MultiChoice Malawi, getting ready for this year’s BBA 7 auditions which will be taking place in the commercial city at Protea Hotel Ryalls starting this Saturday to Monday – (March 17-19).
Dubbed “BBA 7 Double-Up Party” the show had such artists whose music is currently enjoying airplay on the local scene, including Maskal, Piksy, Dan Lu, Lulu, Armstrong and Rina, and it was co-hosted by Afro-Pop singer Tigris and female DJ Vee.
Also on the list of performers were renowned DJ Boo, Diktator, DJ Mbuzi and the country’s housemate in last year’s BBA, DJ Lomwe. All these personalities, apart from being radio and club DJs, are also musicians and did not go to Chez Ntemba to man the decks but rather showcase their rap/singing talents.
As planned, with this year’s BBA theme “Double-UP”, where housemates will enter the Big Brother house in South Africa in pairs, the local artists also came in pairs on stage with female rapper/singer Rina getting on stage first. She dished out three tracks before inviting the new kid on the block, Armstrong.
After performing their yet-to-be released song titled ‘Double Up’, Rina bowed out leaving the stage in the hands of the Nde’feyo Entertainment lad who just released his R&B ‘BrB’ mixtape last weekend.
Armstrong, backed by Maziko Band, opened his set with Bob Marley’s ‘No woman no cry’ before switching to his own compositions, starting with ‘Ugwire mtima’ – a reggae track which is on his upcoming untitled album that also has hit singles ‘Sinditha kumvetsa’ and ‘Ndamusowa, which fans had been waiting for on the night.
After the youngster’s performance, the club’s in-house DJ Trigger was on the decks to keep the patrons on the dance floor, before Diktator of the ‘Yanga Ija’ fame came on stage and performed a couple of tracks off his ‘Nthawi Yafika’ album. He was then joined by FM 101 radio DJ Boo and gave out probably one of the best performances of the night with ‘Mzakoyo (Njibwa)’, a House track which Boo features the Radio 2 FM DJ.
With a heaving frenzy crowd on the dance floor, it was time for the maker of the hit of the moment, ‘Unamata’, to take over the stage. Maziko Band already on stage, ready to give the audience another round of live music and Piksy was there, up for business.
He dished out ‘Pamtima’, ‘Tiponyera kwakuya’ and ‘Ponya mwendo’ before calling on stage his label-mate Maskal; they did ‘Unamata’ together and then SingJay’s never-fading ‘Wa CV’.
Piksy waved the fans goodbye and it was time for the 2011 successful urban musician to have his second performance at Chez Ntemba this year. He did not waste time but his Blantyre fans another scintillating show and the hit ‘Udalire’ followed ‘Wa CV’. Skipping tracks such as ‘Kuwala kwako’ and ‘Chikondi si Ndalama’, Maskal also performed ‘Hey’ and ‘Ndimakukonda’.
DJ Mbuzi aka Marques of the Daredevilz took over from him and dished out a couple of tracks including ‘Ndimakonda akazi’ before Lomwe joined him; they performed ‘Run the City’, ‘Double Wowza’ and ‘Nyau Killa’, among others.
The final pair on the bill was of the ‘Part of Life’ and ‘Kumalembe’ singers Dan Lu and Lulu, from Blantyre and Lilongwe, respectively. The two also dished out their popular tracks together, including Dan Lu’s ‘Nsanje’, ‘Driver’ and Lulu’s ‘Mwachenjera darling’, ‘Magwiragwira’ and ‘Palibe bvuto’.
Having had wonderful performances, the patrons seemed satisfied and MultiChoice Malawi were equally impressed.
According to the company’s sales & marketing manager for the Southern Region Chimwemwe Nyirenda, they expect more people to register for the BBA 7 auditions.
“So far we have over 50 registrations, which is more than 100 people. We believe more people will come through to the auditions which start next Saturday,” said Nyirenda.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :