What was supposed to be Katelele Ching’oma’s big comeback night failed to live up to the billing on Saturday night at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall in Blantyre.
During his performance, the musician, who was out of action for almost two years, dished out almost all his popular songs, including Asowe, Muloniwa, and Ndili Nawo Mwai.
Despite the popularity and familiarity of his songs, the artist’s performance lacked the fire and flair the musician is known for.
His backing vocalist also appeared overwhelmed and his voice was almost inaudible, leaving Ching’oma to do most of the leading and backing by himself.
The performance, monitored on Mibawa Television, however, had its highlights such as the musician’s excellent interaction with patrons and dancing antics which were supported by three other dancers.
“When one is down, people shun that person, thinking that the person will never rise again. I am grateful to be here today. Thank you Mibawa Television and thank you WS Bet,” said Ching’oma in reference to his prolonged absence on stage due to an illness.
During the show, he also performed a rendition of the late Grace Chinga’s song Thandizo Langa.
He was supported by Mibawa Band led by Goma Nyondo. Mibawa Band dished out several reggae covers by Gramps Morgan, UB40, Bob Marley, Culture as well s the late Gift Fumulani much to the delight of patrons both in the hall and online.
However, Ching’oma endured a lot of online bullying with some viewers commenting on his significant weight loss and describing his appearance with unpalatable words.
The show was sponsored by WS Bet and hosted by DJ Boo who described Ching’oma as one of the unique artists of our time.
A day earlier, the artist also performed a 30-minute set at Mikozi Network Studios, aired live to its Facebook followers. The performance was marred by network challenges.