CHANDA MWENYA, Lusaka
IN THE audience was someone who had travelled from an area called Lusitu, which lies at the top of Gwembe Valleyâ€™s Siavonga district. This is an area where the original inhabitants of Chipepo area were sent to pave way for the construction of the Kariba Dam in 1958.
Most of those sent to Lusitu went against their own will.
But the man who travelled from the area to attend the show at Bongwe Barn on Zambezi road in Lusakaâ€™s Roma township last week did so at his own free will.
Offer him a chance to return, and he will do so.
That is true of most of the members of the audience who were at the show that involved dancehall artistes Milz The Teacher (yes it was Milz again!), Cactus Agony, Bongo Far-I, Peter Bob and the Uhuru Band.
Looking at the line-up, you may think this was a somewhat Rasta affair. Well, there were some in the audience. But no, it wasnâ€™t. Yes, they played some Bob Marley covers but the show was for those who love good music, good acts.
The promoters of the show had put it well, especially in describing Milz.
â€œDancehall reggae artiste Milz â€˜The Teacherâ€™ is hot, hot, hot at the moment. He is on all the radio stations at the moment with his new single No More Facebook featuring Cactus Agony, Kaladoshas and Silent Erazer,â€ they said.
â€œAnyone who has been to the Siavonga Music Festival will know him as part of the Zedway team. If you are a Cactus-Agony Zambia/ Reggae/Dancehall fan, you will love Milz. He performed an outstanding live number at the 2015 Zambian Music Awards Pull-Up which was one of the highlights of the event.â€
So, the Siavonga-based Milz brought that same flavour to the Bongwe when he performed.
Backed by hardline reggae outfit Uhuru Band, Milz got on stage at midnight, skunking to a one drop instrumental beat.
By that time, the crowd was already cheering and feeling â€œirieâ€ as Uhuru Band front man Peter Bob, Cactus Agony and Bongo Farai had already warmed up the stage.
Uhuru Band ignited the show at 22: 00 hours with some Bob Marley covers such as Waiting in Vain and UB 40â€™s Bring Me the Cup. Cactus Agony and Bongo Farai themed their performances on love, peace and unity.
Oh, and the women who were expected to celebrate Womenâ€™s Day a few days later.
And when â€˜The Teacherâ€™ himself took to stage, he performed songs like Joanna and Mama, a song for all mothers.
It was a timely song, and the ladies in the audience loved it.
From there, he went on to perform Aphiri Anabwela, a reggae version of Nashil Pitchen Kazembeâ€™s hit song.
CHANDA MWENYA, Lusaka