Singer-songwriter, McLuther Mambala says he is going to carry on with his pursuit to establish his act in the local industry.
The 2014 Sunbird Search for a Star Music contestant said this on 8 July in reaction to a poor turnout at his introductory solo show which took place at the Mibawa Multipurpose Hall in Limbe-Blantyre.
McLuther, 22, told Capital FM soon after he stepped off the stage that prior to the event invitations, which doubled as tickets, were sent to many of his existing and potential fans within the city but not many of them showed up.
“Mainly it’s because not many people are well aware of the venue which is relatively new and located at a distance from most of my fan.”
He suggested that the other reason might have been that a lot of music fans are not aware of what he is capable to do and what he has to offer.
“I’ll continue working on some new music and videos. Furthermore, I’ll work on organising another gig only that this one will be hosted in the afternoon to give an opportunity to music fans that could not make it tonight maybe because they don’t go out for entertainment on late hours.”
McLuther shrugged off the assertion that he is not a hit because he performs a lot of Afro-Jazz, a genre which is not popular and profitable in Malawi.
“I’m trying to bring somewhat a difference. Eventually fans are going to embrace my act. It’s a matter of time but I’m extremely convinced that in the long run my popularity will rise.”
On the night, the musician performed various original pieces including various covers of legendary Malawian singers.
“My idea is to bring back the lost memories of Malawian musicians that were very popular back in the days. I’m doing a lot of learning in the process.”
The two-hour gig gave gospel acappella assemble, Joyful Souls, to perform “Bwerera” an unreleased song from their forthcoming album.
Joyful Souls’ frontman, Rodgers Mpinganjira earlier revealed to Capital FM that the Christian boy band’s new material is being recorded by Tapiwa “Tapps” Bandawe.
“We have taken our music to a whole new level. Our fans must be on the lookout for music that will give them hope in this rugged world,” he explained.
Before Joyful Souls began their opening act, Mpinganjira took time to appreciate Chisomo Window, a songstress that wowed the handful crowd in the hall with her exceptional voice and ecstatic performance.
Desire Manda and operant Kika were some of the performers that opened for McLuther, who was backed by a four-piece band comprising renowned record producer and pianist, Gresham Mokeona and bass guitarist, Chambota Chirwa.