Beautiful melodies at free gospel show

Gospel artists on Saturday and Sunday treated their fans to a free concert at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre.

From sound output to  artists’ voices, it was an impressive festival.

The patronage, however, was not impressive on the first day, probably due to the Blantyre soccer derby taking place at Kamuzu Stadium.

One by one, the artist came on stage and performed three songs each which the few patrons danced to and sang along.

Gloria Manong’a and her team performing on stage

Allan Chirwa, who performed hits such as Kufanana Naye, proved his worth with the mature and entertaining manner in which he handled himself.

He said they held the festival to give thanks in accordance with God’s words.

Then Phalyce Mang’anda and Gloria Manong’a lit up the stage with their praise and worship songs before switching to more danceable songs.

“We are here to celebrate God’s love with you. You have always supported gospel music,” said musician Steve Muliya who doubled as the MC for the day.

He said the festival was organised by Mulanje-based Mzati TV and Radio.

“Mzati TV and Radio should do this often. It is important for believers to come together and worship in song,” he said.

At the end of the first day Prophet Enock Kapila gave a sermon dwelt on giving thanks.

“The fact that you are alive today is enough reason to thank God for His Mercies,” he said.

On Sunday, the second day of the festival, patrons came in large numbers.

More artists such as The Great Angels Choir from Lilongwe, Ndirande Anglican Voices, Princess Chitsulo, Favoured Martha and Ethel Kamwendo-Banda performed.

As the performances reached the climax, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Kondwani Nankhumwa joined the patrons.

In an interview after the event, Nankhumwa, who owns Mzati TV and Radio, said the show was organised to promote love, peace and unity among Malawi.

“I must sincerely say it was a five-star performance by our gospel artists,” he said.

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