Zambia’s Mampi fails to jet in for Malawi concert

Zambia’s R&B celebrity singer of the ‘Walilowelela’ fame, Mampi Mukape did not show up for her Malawi performance at Robin’s Park in Blantyre on Friday night.

Mampi, whose music has taken Malawi and other nations in the region by storm, was supposed to perform at the ‘Malawi vs Zambia’ show organised by MultiChoice Malawi.

When contacted earlier, the company’s sales and marketing manager Chimwemwe Nyirenda could not however confirm nor deny that Mampi was in Malawi for the show after Nyasa Times learnt that only Organised Family had arrived on Thursday.

“All the artists signed contracts confirming their availability and we paid all of them,” that was all Nyirenda could say.

Mampi no show but others performed

Despite Mampi’s failure to show up, Zambia was represented by the Orga Family who put up a spirited and wonderful performance, backed by Malawi’s own Maziko Band from Nde’feyo Entertainment music.

The duo of Rex and Kenti were a marvel to watch on stage, coupled with their dynamic dance antics, they dished out popular songs among them ‘Facebook’, ‘Njinga (Tchove Tchove)’, ‘Njanji’, ‘Minga mu Nsomba’ and ‘Bopen’.

The show started at around 8:30pm with Lulu who performed a selection of tracks from his three albums, before he paved way for Lucius Banda who mesmerised the youthful and grown-up audience before Maskal took over.

The ‘Udalire’ hit maker came on stage with his new Manganje song ‘Usatope’ off his latest album ‘Umunthu’. Other tracks that he dished out included ‘Umamva bwanji’, ‘Umpeze wina’, ‘Ndmakukonda’ and his hit of the moment ‘Ziri ndi iwe’.

Next after Maskal was Malawi’s own Queen of Ragga music, Wendy Harawa who performed four tracks and was one of the best performers of the night as she gave her lungs out with her dancing, joined on stage by one of Zembani Band’s dancers.

Armstrong and his Nde’feyo Music label mate Piksy were also on the line up and the former did four tracks including ‘Sinditha kumvetsa’, ‘Ulendo’, ‘Ndamusowa’ and his latest track ‘Ndekha’.

Despite a slight glitch of equipment, after he had only performed one song ‘Ponya Mwendo’, Piksy managed to keep the fans on the dance floor with his freestyles, before he gave them ‘Unamata’, ‘Yabooka’ as well as ‘Appetiser’.

The country’s reggae giants, the Black Missionaries, who also experienced some problems with the equipment, spending about 20 minutes of fixing after they had only performed two songs, closed the show which ended around dawn of Saturday as they performed their reggae jams from their Kuimba albums.

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