Blantyre warms up to Lawi, Namadingo


A slight hitch that delayed the start of Lawi and Patience Namadingo joint performance at Comesa Hall did not seem to bother patrons inside the mega hall on Monday night.

This was a chance for Blantyre residents to sample the magic of the two guitar wizards who came together under ‘Lawi Meets Namadingo Easter Tour’, and nobody was ready to pass up this chance as evidenced by the huge turnout on the night.

Lawi (L) and Namadingo on stage

Initially scheduled to start at 7.30pm, the show only started 40 minutes later as the venue was still being cleaned and rearranged after hosting a wedding earlier in the day.

When Lawi stepped on stage with his acoustic guitar strapped around his shoulder, the eagerness on his face to deliver yet another moving performance was all too visible on his face.

The rich compositions from his latest album Sunset in the Sky were dished out with perfection by his newly assembled Lawi and the Mango Band which had David Mutanda on keyboards and sax, Jose Clark on percussion, Sylvester Aklamavo playing the lead guitar and Shegun on bass guitar.

He enjoyed a good engagement with the audience who time and again joined him in chorusing his renditions most notably on his popular tracks Yalira Ng’oma, Therere and Timalira.

After over two hours of a sweat-dripping performance, Lawi left the stage, paving the way for his new-found stage buddy Namadingo.

From the word go, the guitar ace showed amazing energy, transforming his usually laid-back and mellow compositions into more danceable versions. It was not long before he ordered the patrons to come in front to fill up the dancing arena that the atmosphere turned electric.

The blossoming bromance between the two got to hearty levels when Namadingo later invited Lawi back on stage.

The Blantyre outing was the final show for the duo after their performances in Mzuzu and Lilongwe.

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