A new entertainment place where live music and theatre performances will be the order of the weekend is now operational at Lunzu.
Lunzu Community Centre Hall is the brain-child of Blantyre District Council. The hall, which used to be popular in the 1990s, was deserted due to its appalling state.
The council authorities say the place will act as one of the strategies of keeping the youth busy. It will also help them raise funds, not only through music performances, but through weddings and other functions.
Reggae vibes were the order of the day on Sunday as Chileka reggae group Black Missionaries dished their best to mark the official opening.
With performances from Muda Fumulani, Khonzie Masimbe, Yanjanani Chumbu and Anthony Makondetsa, the affair left Blantyre district commissioner Charles Makanga elated.
â€œThis is a grand way of opening the hall. Most bands perform in town, but this is a rural area and you can see people who canâ€™t afford to travel to town for a show,â€ said Makanga.
Black Missionaries manager Ray Harawa said the hall provides a new spot for the bandâ€™s calendar.
â€œMore venues mean more chances of capturing different audiences,â€ said Harawa.
Apart from playing songs from their eight previous albums, the band leader Anjiru Fumulani also gave a taste, in freestyles, of songs in their Kuimba 9 album, currently in the crucible.