Muhanya and Dikamawoko Band on Saturday had to thank their spirited performance at Ndirande tavern to book their place at the national finals of the K15 million Chibuku Road to Fame contest.
The band got a unanimous nod from the judges with their compositions from local fairytale choruses.
The band booked their place at the national finals scheduled for July 5 in Lilongwe, joining Daughters Band, Konkalazi Band and Run Tingz from Central Region; Revolution Band, Alleluya Band and Anthu Ambiri Band from the Eastern Region who have already bought their tickets to the uncharted musicians’ showdown.
Papa Mtume’s African Mingoli and Khalidwe Band join Dikamawoko from the South, awaiting the outcome of the North contest next Saturday.
Muhanya was over the moon that his crew satisfied judges, gospel musician Maggie Mangani, censorship board’s John Suluma and Kalimba Band founder Francis Chimtengo’s search for an artistic stage entry, apt choreography, suiting costume, traditional acts and the lead vocalist’s control of affairs on the stage.
“We are happy that we are one of the three bands representing the South at the national finals. We are glad that our costume designs by Wachituta Thombozi and our traditional tracks carried the day,” said Muhanya.
Chibuku Products Limited (CPL) marketing manager Timothy Sukali said the winning band at the national finals will book a ticket to be guest performers at a similar contest in Botswana.
“We appreciate music which is an integral part of our business. Last year’s winners went to Zimbabwe, but this time, the winners will head for Botswana,” said Sukali.
Fans at the populous Ndirande Chibuku selling point were treated to music from Moses Makawa, who together with his dancers, gave a sultry dance routine that the patrons will live to remember.
Also supporting the event was Katerere Ching’oma, who performed his hit song
which cast a spell on the patrons as they could not help filling the dancefloor.
On their part, Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) Southern Region president Patrick Simakweli and veteran musician Nizye Namalima expressed joy over the exploits.
“We are happy that the musicians brought up authentic Malawi music. That is what we need,” said Simakweli.
“This is one way of promoting Malawian music, we have seen these rookies performing traditional songs that sound so original, and the winner Muhanya really deserves the spot he got,” said Nizye.