An all Rasta day: Chileka calls for Matafale Memorial show

By Chikondi Lungu

The atmosphere at Chileka in Blantyre will turn Rastafarian with holy smoke as Matafale’s Memorial Show is confirmed to take place on Sunday.

The annual memorial show in honour of the fallen star Evison Matafale is organised by The Black Missionaries Band and will venue at Mankhokwe ground in Chileka, Blantyre.

Confirming the event, the Black Missionary- widely known as Ma Blacks- Band leader Anjiri Fumulani, told this Publication that all is set and relevant authorities have authorised the ‘All Peace Colour’ show.

“We normally have challenges sometimes over the use of the venue but we have always engaged relevant authorities and we have done the same this year

“I can confirm the memorial show is on and the venue remains the same. As for artists, we will come back to you before Friday,” Anjiru confirmed to the media.

Confirmed: Ma Blacks are set for Sunday

Confirmed: Ma Blacks are set for Sunday

Apart from honouring Matafale who died on November 27 in 2001, other fallen Chileka musicians to be remembered during the memorial are Musamude Fumulani, who died on 17 September 2008, and Gift Fumulani who died in 2009.

Matafale in his musical reign was the leader and founder of the Chileka based reggae band which currently has 10 albums on their shelf.

The Chileka bred son who died while in police custody was known as the prophet in the country and seen as an elder amongst the Malawian Rastafarians.

Matafale left the mission in hands of his band

Matafale left the mission in hands of his band

His talent paid him to rise to fame and became one of the country’s favourite reggae musicians by 2000 through the release of his debut album, Kuimba 1 in 1999.



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