CHANDA MWENYA, Lusaka
IT IS probably now official, Moses Sakala of the Sakala Brothers fame, is now the sole king of Makewani music with his coronation witnessed at the launch of Odini Arts Centre and the sampling of his latest double album in Lusaka’s Cheston last Saturday.
One of the albums is titled Mr Moses Sakala. No need to say much about the titled. The other one is Madalitso, which is translated as blessings.
Going by the splendid performances and tributes given during the launch of the arts centre, it is clear the creative facility, meant to promote and protect the country’s heritage, particularly music and dance, has already hit the ground running.
It was not supposed to be a night of speeches, but after what seemed like an endless those ministerial speeches reaffirming government’s commitment and recognition of the importance of the arts, the Umutomolo Band climbed the stage and started the performances.
The stage was well arranged and the sound was good, thanks to Ringman and the Soundwave crew.
Area ward councillor Smart Mwitwa found the whole spectacle irresistible; he was compelled to wear his jacket around his waist as he rhythmically reacted to the Mbala brewed music. His counterpart, Patrick Salubusa, a councillor in Matero who in arts circles is known as Sauloshi, and was clad in a Chipolopolo decorated hard hat following Zambia’s victory over Algeria earlier in the day, followed him on the dance floor.
But Theresa Ng’ambi almost stole the show with her captivating voice and acoustic guitar ingenuity after strumming a song or two. And in-between her choruses, she talked about how Moses Sakala has been a mentor in making her the artiste that she is who has since been able to share the stage with the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi.
Alexander Kangwa, formerly of the Glorious Band, was also a marvel to watch, his enchanting voice and stage stunts sent some wave of heat through the night that was almost getting cold. Performing the cover of PK Chishala’s Chimbayambaya, he moved scores of patrons to the dancing arena.
Equally, Alex also gave tribute to Moses having helped him to record his music.
There was conspicuous absence of folklore artiste Mumba Yachi, who was initially highlighted as one of the main performers at the launch of the arts centre.
But the best was yet to come.
The coming on stage of Moses Sakala was well choreographed with dancing queens lead the way with their animated Ngoni war dance.
Later, Moses stepped onto the stage clad in white tunics while the energetic dancers performed around him as though it were a ritual and handed him over the shield.
Forget about the Moses Sakala you probably meet on the street, when he is on stage he, he is the king of Makewani.
The white hat he wore on stage seemed only to confirm that.
Moses opened the show with Kulila Kwa Nkalamu from his Mr. Moses Sakala album, before sampling other songs such as Sindale, Mulilo Uchingile Abakulu Taocha and Kowela.
You just need to get hold his double album; it has other songs like Lukapa Sibaka Kwa Manduna (done in Lozi) and Malilime Nabiili (a Tonga/Bemba Love song).
Now, this is Mr Moses Sakala.