It was the celebration for this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day, an Irish cultural and religious holiday that dates back to the ninth century and pays homage to the nation’s most prominent patron saint.
Irish songs and dances filled the Marquee of Sunbird Capital apart from hordes of both foreigners and Malawians.
Amid the fun, the pinnacle of the night was when ‘Westlife’ made their way into the jam-packed hall on a tricycle, popularly known as Bajaj.
Weststrife, an all boy band, perfectly played the role of one of the successful bands irish bands, Westlife.
Although disbanded, the quintet assumed the Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden roles and relived fond memories in the minds of many as the crowd went ecstatic with songs such as If I Let You Go, Fool Again and World Of Our Own.
The audience begged for more as the band left the stage in knickers, having removed their clothes in the middle of the performance.
The band came in as a surprise act of the night and surely, the group that flew all the way from Ireland, delivered a rare form of entertainment.
The night started with performances from award-winning singer Dan Kalima, who mesmerised patrons with songs from his latest album, The Young Shall Grow.
The Lilongwe Community choir, an ensemble made up of people from different nationalities such as Europe and beyond, were next with two songs.
Failte Band, also from Dublin, performed a number of Irish hits before things got heated with a traditional dance by an all-girl ensemble, Siamsa.
The dancing troupe were a marvel to watch as their dance routines, punctuated with foot tapping and moderate jumping, won the hearts of the patrons.
The traditional Irish band and dancers literary led the festivities.
The mix of Malawi’s musicians, playing classic Irish tunes through Dzukani Band was also a marvel to watch. The talented, fun and energetic group of organic souls, played music as diverse and eclectic as its members.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to Irish NGOs working in Chikwawa to support families to re-build their homes after the recent devastating floods.
As we went to press it was not known how much had been raised. n