Abel Chungu, Colifixe jet in for Blessings Gospel show
Musicians Abel Chungu from Zambia and Colifixe from Uganda arrived in the country Thursday afternoon through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe ahead of Blessings Gospel concert at Bingu International Convention Centre Saturday. The launch of the album also brought on board American gospel artist Travis Greene. Malope is also not new to the…
By Henry Chulu:
Musicians Abel Chungu from Zambia and Colifixe from Uganda arrived in the country Thursday afternoon through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe ahead of Blessings Gospel concert at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) Saturday.
The two artists told journalists on arrival that they were ready for the showdown tomorrow and called upon people to come in large numbers and experience a feast of gospel music.
“I am excited to be here. I am ready for Blessings Gospel concert and I cannot wait to get on stage Saturday,” the Ugandan urban gospel musician, who featured in Wendy Harawa’s track ‘Obikyusiza,’ said.
Unlike Colifixe, who will be performing in the country for the first time, Chungu is not new to the Malawian audience as he starred at the same venue last year during the launch of Wendy’s album Wandiyitana.
The launch of the album also brought on board American gospel artist Travis Greene.
“It feels good to be here again. Malawi is more like my second home and, so, I am looking forward to giving out my all,” Chungu, who featured in Wendy’s track ‘Hallelujah’, said.
The two artists are expected to share the stage with South Africa’s veteran gospel musician Rebecca Malope, widely known as ‘The Queen of Gospel’, who arrives today with her 13-member team alongside her engineer.
Malope is also not new to the Malawian audience as she last performed in the country in 2015 at the Blantyre Arts Festival.
The concert has been organised by Jacobs Events, led by Wendy, who will lead the Malawian cast on the line-up, which includes Kondwani Chirwa and Great Angels Choir.
Wendy said Thursday people should expect to be blessed during the concert.
“We are happy to have Colifixe and Abel Chungu. They will all perform with a band and tomorrow (Friday) we will welcome Dr Rebecca Malope. The lineup also has me, Great Angels Choir and Kondwani Chirwa,” she said.
In another development, Vita Chirwa, who is Musicians Union of Malawi (Mawu) President and Kalimba Band, will be launching a book titled Sometimes I Wonder tomorrow at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe during Kalimba Band’s 40th anniversary celebration dinner.
The book is detailing accounts of the original Kalimba of 1983.
The event is, however, clashing with the Blessings Gospel concert.
“It is not healthy but we had to go on because we had already invested in these shows. These are two different shows and we hope for the best for both,” Vita said.
Apart from a performance from Kalimba led by Vita, people will be treated to another performance from Lulu as well as comedy and poetry.