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St Columba Youths hold massive gospel show

By Samuel Malasa Banda

Super performance from Limbani ‘Nthambi’ Chakhoma and The Christ Melodies set St. Columba CCAP ablaze as the church’s youth wing organised a gospel show aimed at fundraising for their group.

Performing - Nthambi.
The show was opened by a line of promising artists from within the church, some of them being Brian and Chimango who performed convincingly. The St. Columba CCAP praise team mesmerised the fans with their hit song Mundilengere led by Owen Chingota.

Around 16:30hrs, it was now time for the headliners to showcase their worthiness. First on the list was ‘Nthambi’, showcasing his rapping skill in his hit track ‘Identity crisis. He went on to fascinate the sizeable audience with the Biblical inspired lyrics in ‘Nkalirima’ which is a fusion of the old school folktale.

Just after Nthambi’s performance, ESCOM had to take its toll on the event, thanks to the organisers who had a standby generator already set.

The rhumba duo of the ‘Akadalipobe’ fame, Lonje and Kho opened their act with praises to God for everything they have in the song ‘Zonse wandichitira’. Their second piece ‘Umangodziwiratu’, caused exhilaration as the whole hall couldn’t just watch but fill the stage in jubilation.

The excitement reached its maxima with the coming on stage of The Christ Melodies who went straight to their hit song ‘Anandilephera’ and finished with the reggae piece Mtamande which kept the patrons dancing regardless of the time factor.
The show also served as a pre-launch of Nthambi’s debut album ‘Fruit of the vine’ which was released in 2011 but delayed due to financial constraints. The album recorded at Lo Budget records by GD of the Daredevils has some songs like ‘Sindine’ which has been enjoying massive airplay on the MBC television.

At the end of the event, a patron Weston Kumwenda, a student at Chichiri Secondary School hailed the church group for the exciting event. “The show has been more than a fundraising event, it’s a place where we have been inspired by the scriptural based songs and have witnessed that urban Gospel music is really progressing in Malawi”.

The gospel concert was organised with an aim to support the youth’s budget for their end of year retreat camp scheduled for 27th December 2013 up until 1st January 2014 at Senga-bay in Salima.

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