Gwaladi thrills at Intercultural weekend

Gwaladi

It was all fun at the first Intercultural weekend held at the Blue's Bar in Blantyre with Gwaladi, the headline artist, Fikisa, Chichiri Cultural Troupe and a 'thick' model fashion show taking centre stage.

Gwaladi came through on his motorbike from Phalombe with two girls with him and gave a slew of his songs to an audience, some of whom had never seen the controversial local artist live on stage.

Fikisa another local sensation before it disbanded and had hits like 'Akamwile' got the uptown club on it's feet.

Revellers at the show
Patrons enjoy themselves at the show

Chichiri Prison Cultural Troupe took the audience's attention on Sunday as they gave sets which mesmerised. Many could not believe these are convicts.

Fashion then saw fans applaud for the clothes. Most importantly they were thrilled by one of the models, a thick lady who strutted around with an aura of confidence and got the place in loud cheers everytime she stepped out.

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Model who dominated the fashion runway

Jose RJ Chingaipe Communication and Marketing coordinator for the intercultural weekend thanked those who patronised saying Saturday was massive and the fashion on Sunday showed people the value culture.

He alluded to the fact that all this showed Sustainable Development Goals can promotes tourism, culture and foster knowledge through music, arts and food. 

"We appeal to the corporate world to support. Most of all Nyasa Manufacturing Company has shown they are indeed with us because they came through in a big way," he said.

Chichiri cultural troupe
Chichiri Prison Cultural Troupe

Christopher Kapanga Jr, owner of Blues said they have always had a function called Soul food Sundays mostly focusing on local cuisine.

Kapanga went on to say: "We want to focus more on Malawian talent whether it is drumming, poetry, whether music; we want to give artists a platform so that they can showcase. This is the first of many more to come.

"After seeing how people have enjoyed this, we will assess the issues to improve and what other things to bring in. The hype of the people who attended will drive this. Look on social media to see how this was and if you attended you can talk to us and suggest how we can go about it for the better".

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Fun ravers enjoying themselves

The show attracted some of society's music hot shots among them, Rina and Phyzix.

One of the attendees, Charles Levison from Lilongwe said: "The show was good, It was enjoyable. Saw some exciting artistry."

Levison, a painter implored on the organisers to decorate the venue with artistic material like paintings which depict Malawian cultural values next time they organise the event. 

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Vimbuza dance by Chichiri Cultural Troupe

Overall he said: "It has been a long time since we have had such event. I feel Blantyre should stand out as an artistic centre. This has to continue."

In November it will be the turn of people in Lilongwe and Mzuzu probably in December according to the organisers.