Sick Malawi needs healing by Jah- Anjiru

Black Missionaries lead vocalist, Anjiru Fumulani, says Malawi as a country is sick, looking at the situation on the ground, and it needs healing.

Fumulani was addressing thousands of music fans on Saturday night at Mzuzu Stadium where Ma Blacks were performing.

“There are times when you wake up in the morning just to find you have swollen feet. And perhaps as you are recovering from that condition, you wake up another morning with a terrible headache, then you are coughing hard and then backache and stomach-ache.

“This is exactly what is happening to Malawi as country. The country is sick and it needs healing. Malawians are going through very tough times. Jah should intervene,” roared Fumulani before breaking into the next song titled Mesiya.

Anjiru on stage

The song Mesiya actually asks for divine intervention on calamities being faced by mankind. Fumulani avoided directly hitting at the country’s leadership which he implied has somehow lost control on a number of issues. He let the message sink into the audience to make its own interpretation.

As usual, on drums were magic hands of Madalitso Thuchila as magic fingers of Marko Kamba led the strings on the lead guitar. James Chikaoneka was on one keyboard with Chizondi Fumulani on the other harmonising keyboard. Veteran Peter Amidu was in office dictating sound from the bass guitar as Yanjanani Chumbu and Chizondi Fumulani provided backing vocals to the lead vocalist, Anjiru.

The mega reggae show started from 10 o’clock in the morning on Saturday to around half past four in the morning on Sunday. Before the Chileka boys came on stage at night, various artists were on stage from morning. These included Ras Chikomeni, Fitzgerald Simfukwe, F Kiz, Mady P, Fiderman Rise, Black Warriors, Venegas and many others.

As usual, when it was time for the Chileka boys, Yanjanani Chumbu was the first to dish out his vibes followed by Khozie Masimbe. Moda Fumulani raised the atmosphere with several songs by late Gift Fumulani before Chizondi took his own time to mesmerise the fans.

Then it was time for the much awaited “Sergeant” Anthony Makondetsa who always never disappoints when it comes to stage work. He carefully alternated his tracks from love to religion to politics. Nobody resisted shaking the body to his relics.

Anjiru Fumulani wrapped up the show by sampling songs from Kuimba 1 up to Kuimba 12.

“Awa ndi ma blacks! Amayimba, amayimba bwino.
Awa ndi ma blacks! Amayimba, amayimba bwino,” concluded Anjiru from the hit Salimo as he saluted fans and bowed out of stage.

Speaking after the show, bass guitarist and long serving member, Peter Amidu, told Nyasa Times the Mzuzu tour was exciting and a success.

“It’s been an exciting experience. It’s been a long time since we performed at Mzuzu Stadium. Old memories have been rekindled through this show, Jah Bless.

Peter Amidu: our future is in the hands of Rastafari

“As a band, we are so united and we understand each other and that’s why the band is still intact. Our future is in the hands of Rastafari and we hope to continue serving Malawians,” remarked Amidu.

The Black Missionaries is a band that was formed by late Evison Matafale who became popular with hits like Yang’na Nkhope, Nkhoswe, Watsetsereka, Poison, Time Mark, Overthrow and many others. It is a reggae band with a large following than any other band in Malawi.

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