South Africa’s afro-soul musician Zonke who on Friday upon arrival in the country promised fans a thrilling performance lived to her pledge as she put up a spirited and energetic show at the Blue Mingoli concert held over the weekend in Lilongwe.
The talented singer and producer took to the stage at 22:30pm with her sweet and captivating voice dishing out hits such as Ngomso, Jik’inzinto and Mzi kaphalo from her “Ina Ethe” album done in Xhosa serenading the audience with her music.
During her performance the R& B artist took time to explain to patrons the meaning of some of her Xhosa songs through a romantic journey which saw some people in the audience dancing to her smooth but strong voice.
But it was the song “Feeling” that left an indelible mark as many couldn’t resist but rose to their feet dancing and singing along to the good vibe which rocked the Lilongwe Auditorium hosting a crowd that spanned people from diverse backgrounds and nationalities.
The 37 year old musician also dished SOS (Release Me) tune from her “Work of heart” album and by the standing ovation which she got from fans one could safely conclude that they were amused with her performance which left them yearning for more.
Zonke brought along her band members who did not disappoint in terms of sound delivery as the equipment gave a high quality live performance.
At exactly 23:30 when she was singing her goodbye song it was apparent the crowd was left insatiable judging from the deafening applause she got as they couldn’t believe this marked the end of the romantic journey between them.
Multi-talented Patience Namadingo warmed up the stage by his fused gospel with traditional Malawi touch coupled with his smooth silky voice.
Namadingo took to the stage at 20:35 with “My story” which was followed by “Simsintha” which got the audience singing along.
When he sang “Mtendere” he displayed a global touch as he took the crowd through different versions of the song from Malawi, South Africa, DRC, Jamaica and USA.
He also mesmerized patrons with offerings such as “Anamilanzi, “Mozimila”, “Rehana” and “Msati Mseke”.
The otherwise good show did not go without a hitch as before he could sing “Mbiri” a blackout which lasted about 5 Minutes attempted to spoil the event and when the lights came back Namadingo sealed his contract with the “Macheza” hit after being on stage for an hour.
The 26 year old artist also showed his expert skills in the way he plucked the strings of his guitar.
Organized by Standard Bank, the show has among others managed to bring in South African artists like Zahara, Lira who have performed alongside local acts such as Wambali and Lulu.mbc