On Sunday afternoon, beverage manufacturer Castel Malawi brought together some leading local urban music acts at the College of Medicine Sports Complex under the Urban Music Legacy banner.
The line-up that included Macelba, Nepman, Piksy, Fredokiss and Blak-Jak was replete with quality.
A majority of these made sure they brought their A-game. They used the platform perfectly to cement their status as some of the best in the business. But the other performances lacked the touch of commitment to distinguish themselves from the rest.
And perhaps the biggest toast of the event came in the form of surprise performances from some acts which were not originally on the line-up of performers. Midway his performance, Blak-Jak told the audience he had a surprise for them.
Before the audience could make out what sort of surprise he had for them, two of his Nyasa Guruz band mates Pappa and Badde stormed the stage much to the delight of the audience.
The trio rolled back the hands of time, performing some of their fans favourite tunes such as Fisi, Suzzie and Tumpale. They showed they are still a force on the local music scene. Their rendition of one of their new hits, Ukamalira capped the group’s impressive performance.
Malawi’s emerging hip hop golden boy Waxy Kay was another artist who found his way on stage even though his name did not appear on the artists billed to perform. The talented young artist joined Dan Lu on stage and gave a good account of himself with his freestyle flow.
Ghetto favourite Fredokiss also invited his Ghetto Gutter protégés, the Dare Devils duo of Marcus and GD Pasanje who joined him to perform their latest collaboration Hip Hop. The trio gave a spirited performance which was in tune with the trendy matching waistcoat hoodies they were spotting.
Castel Malawi marketing category manager Twikale Chirwa said his company was left impressed with the support the event received.
He said: “The Carlserg brand has been on the market for 50 years providing social fun and this event was part of that landmark celebration. The urban music genre is growing and it is a platform that is relevant to our young and vibrant consumers.”
Rapper Macelba said: “As artists we need such kind of platforms. With this support, the country’s music industry can hit the sky.” n