There were electric musical performances at the Thirties album launch by Afro-jazz musician Lawi at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on Saturday night.
Music groups Joyful Souls, Ndingo Brothers Band, Mitengeli and the legendary PJ Powers from South Africa supported Lawi with captivating performances that mesmerised the audience who demanded more.
Joyful Souls were first on stage starting with their famous Tidzauluka Ngati Mbalame song. The performance from the 27-year-old acapella group oozed confidence, experience and class.
Taking their turn, Ndingo Brothers Band rekindled memories of good old music, dishing songs like Simangeli and Ndilire Bwanji.
Then it was time for Mitengeli Choir famed for the song Ndalama. The choir executed all their songs acapella and won the hearts of the audience.
Choir leader Alexander Maluwa’s command of the performance was top-notch as he connected with the audience well.
PJ Powers hyped up the whole album launch. At 62, her tale is of an old wine getting better with age. Her performance was energetic, mesmerising and a marvel that connected well with the audience.
It was hard for her to leave the stage as people demanded more from her already heart-winning performance. Jabulani raised the patronage on their feet.
She said: “I just cannot believe that I am here. I was here 25 years ago.”
PJ left the stage with a standing ovation.
When took to the stage, he carried on the fire that PJ left with some of his old releases such as Amaona Kuchedwa, Zonenanena and Amati Andikawe.
Paramount Chief M’Mbelwa bought Lawi’s album at K1 million.