It was a night filled with the late Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire’s music.
But one person was missing in action, Wambali himself.
Since this was a tribute concert, organisers had planned to decorate the day strictly with Wambali Mkandawire’s music and nothing else.
So, on Saturday night at Sunbird Capital, five musicians, namely Bishop Chimwemwe Mhango, Rudo Chakwera, Sam Shawa, Sangwani Munthali and Willie Soko took turns to sing covers of the late Mte’s songs.
His long-time ally Dan Sibale also respected his friend by abandoning his instrument and took the microphone to perform Muli Nane.
The other five took turns to perform songs, including Moto, Kayuni Njuwi, Nkhujipeleka, Zani Muone, Leza, Zailawe, Kuli Doli and Vyakuchidika.
At the beginning of the performances, Shawa did a special tribute titled Njira.
The show was attended by various musicians and high-profile people, including Minister of Information and digitisation Gospel Kazako.
Speaking earlier, Wambali’s manager Vitumbiko Mumba thanked patrons for supporting the event.
On her part, Wambali’s widow Wambui said her husband was a God-fearing man who loved and lived the word.
Speaking in an interview after the show, one of the patrons Joe Mhango said the five artists did a great job. “Wherever Wambali is, he must be proud of what happened today,” he said, adding that the sound output was impressive.