Blantyre came alive on Saturday afternoon as Scalla’s Cafe hosted the second edition of the Blantyre Summer Party.
Patrons had to wait until 4pm for performances to start though the programme indicated 10am as the time of to kickstart of events. Apparently, organisers were forced to delay performances as only a few patrons had turned up by 10am.
The few people who made it to the venue on time had no option, but to keep themselves entertained by music played by a DJ. But it was a huge relief for them when producer Sispence, who played a stand in host in place of Blak Jak, stepped on the stage to announce the start of the performances.
A number of up-and-coming artists took turns to raise the curtain. Among them was rapper Guntolla who displayed his rapping skills.
The tempo rose when up-and-coming dancehall artist Eli Njuchi took to the stage. His presence pulled the patrons, who all along were content with watching the performances far from their seats, close to the stage.
His 30-minute stay on the stage mesmerised the patrons. He performed a number of his popular songs, including the hit Zitaye.
Next came Saint whose lyrical exploits triggered a ‘gate crusher’, Lilongwe-based rapper Macelba who partook on the all-Blantyre feast. Macelba joined Saint to perform their two songs Tchekera Maluzi and Chisankho. The presence of the two sent patrons into a frenzy.
Before he stepped off the stage, Saint had the chance to perform his trending hit Hi Ha.
Perhaps the toast of the evening was the performance from the Dare Devils duo of GD and Marcus. Their rare appearance alone was enough to create excitement among patrons.
The brothers made sure their time on stage was worth the mention. They reminded everyone why they are considered the best in the local rap game by performing their latest songs and old ones alike such as Love Is In The Air. When GD announced their departure on stage, fans could have none of it and the duo was forced back on stage. They performed two more songs then they were let go.
Piksy had his turn on stage too. He did his current popular song Chonchobe. He was followed by the only lady on the performers’ list, Ritaa. She was accompanied on stage by dancehall singer Jay Jay and together they performed their smash hit Akadzamva.
Rashley was given the responsibility of bringing the curtain down. He didn’t disappoint either.
Organiser of the event Wisdom Phanga said: “Though we were affected by the late start, we still made sure we delivered a good show. We are making progress and we hope that the annual event will keep getting better.”