For the Blantyre fun-seeker, opting for not so rowdy night entertainment, Mibawa CafÃƒÂ© is the place to be.
Situated opposite the Ryalls Hotel at the heart of the city, the newly-opened spot is home for rare fun: Live music from the Mibawa Band, a resident outfit that is reported to have been born from the Makasu notion of old.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mibawa CafÃƒÂ© provides an alternative for the more mature people who have been starved of fun. For so long, there has been a gap and all weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing is to fill it up,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the CafÃƒÂ©Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s owner John Nthakomwa on Friday.
With sheets of rain dripping outside that night, it was warmer in the spot last Friday. As one entered to be greeted by the semi-darkness, one could feel the vibes from the band.
Playing such songs as Hugh MasekelaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s revolutionary Mandela-Bring Him Back, the patrons were reminded that freedom does not come on a silver platter. And the song came aptly, with the party the South African statesman Nelson Mandela once led, the African National Congress (ANC) celebrating 100 years of existence.
Another heart-rending song played that night was Lionel RichieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hello, which invited handclapping and cat-calls from the patrons, who were seemingly having some good times. Some were seen shaking their bodies in the VIP section on the top floor.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We seek to give out the best of fun. We perform live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. We give them rare music,Ã¢â‚¬Â said John Katsokwe Jnr, known in music circles as Jay Jay.