STAFRANCE ZULU, Ndola and CHAMBO NGÚNI, Kabwe
DANNY Kaya made a stop-over at the Fally Ipupa show at The Misty at Levy Shopping Mall in Lusaka on Monday night, but before that, he was the main attraction at Castle Lager Nyamafest held at Poteco Restaurant in Ndola on Saturday.
He actually followed up that performance with another one at Kambeba Lodges in Ndola’s Lubuto area.
But that was the show that was known in town; his appearance at the Nyamafest came as a complete surprise. The organisers seemed to have kept it under wraps.
But when he showed up at Poteco, it was smooth sailing all the way.
Still, the Nyamafest, organised by Zambian Breweries, was not just about Danny. The Ndola-based Revolution Band led by the versatile Mwila Mulenga also performed.
The day started with games but by evening time, music had taken over starting with DJ King Suli of Sun FM. Some of the revellers, clad in red t-shirts and caps, competed in dance.
Producer and singer Tony Breezy later took to the stage and performed songs like Sunsha Imbokoshi, Mutototo and Go Down.
They went down.
By that time, word had gone round that Danny was in the house.
The revellers could not wait for his performance with some loudly shouting for him to get on the stage.
Well, he obliged.
But first Titus, his backing vocalist, had to perform his hit song Weakness.
When Danny finally on stage around 19:00 hours, he performed songs like I Can’t Believe, As Long As, Kaya, Somboneko and 90 Minutes.
Some devoted Danny fans only identified as Pauline and Feligo added a different complexion to the performance with their dancing. Danny had no choice but to invite them upstage.
Meanwhile, on anniversaries like Independence Day, songs from yesteryears, particularly kalindula and those to do with the struggle, tend to dominate the airwaves, various functions as well as some entertainment spots.
And that was the case at Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu stadium in Kabwe on Tuesday where Emmanuel Dolenzy Kabwe and his Shalawambe Band, one of Zambia best-selling Kalindula outfits, led the performances.
Shalawambe dominated their performance with the song Kwacha Ngwee at a fully packed stadium.
The song proved popularly especially the elderly.
On Monday night, which was Independence Eve, Shalawambe, which is based in Ndola, also performed during the hoisting of the national flag at Kabwe Civic Centre.
They sang some of their popular songs.
And gospel musician Kings Malembe Malembe was also at Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu for the Independence celebrations, where he performed two songs including one, which he dedicated to freedom fighters.