Limbani Banda’s cartoonish ploy


I wish you, my readers, a belated ‘Merry Christmas’ and perhaps it is an opportunity to wish you a continued mortal coil in 2013.

Ordinarily, on a day like this I should have been talking about the past year but then something I think I should have talked about some years ago just came up and I dropped all what I was doing and decided I need to talk about this before it gets out of hand, if it has not already.

Limbani Banda, him who hogged the lime light some years ago when he declared that in Malawi all we have is trash but it is only him who plays really music, is trying to mock the local music industry.

Not that I want to discuss my take over this ‘trash’ matter today; nope! But I just discovered that the pity acts of Limbani Banda are bringing humiliation to the Malawi music.

To start with, no one has told Limbani the fact that he needed to polish up his acts as a musician many years ago. To say the least, his vocals are a typical example of mediocrity. Either he is not talented enough or he needs to master the air-control through his vocal cord when singing.

Some of his tracks are a clear indication of disjointed notes that clearly shows that he is struggling to sing. It is only laughable that he removed his music from the trash bin where he dumped all Malawi music.

Now I have just realised that he is acknowledging that all the efforts he is putting in his musical machinations are but below par that he has not even made a mark anywhere and now he needs to change his name.

There was a time when Jamaican artists used to Frequent 101 FM and one of them Shalom once hooked up with Limbani and did a collaboration. But even with such quality, Limbani has not wondered why even the light failed to show in the darkness? I think as critics we have not loved Limbani. But I have to confess that in my case I was not taking him seriously like I never did with Joe Gwaladi until I was compelled to start talking about him when I saw the following that the street artiste commands.

Now why today I have decided to talk about Limbani is that his cartoonish musical display seems to be going on unabated.

I know in most of his songs, Limbani, has terribly tried to be legendary Peter Tosh’s copycat. Now he says he wants to change his name to Lambani Dube because he is now eying the international market. My foot!

If you ask me, Limbani, has come to the limelight more because he has been able to find himself in the newspapers where he could ridicule the efforts by his local music colleagues. But if you ask Malawians if they are aware that this Zomba based dreadlocked man has eight albums to his credit and about to issue ‘African Revolution’, no one will believe you.

‘Chisoni nkumatenda’ is one track people know because it got enough publicity at the time and it is a common adage that is thrown about in our everyday communication.

The man says Limbani Banda is associated with politics and this cannot augur well with his desired success.

Let me simplify what he has done for you readers to understand how cheap this is; you all know the Flames midfielder workhorse Dave Banda. Do you really believe his skills have dwindled because he is a Banda?

Lucky Dube, as Limbani himself acknowledges, was Peter Tosh’s idol and never in his musical career did he change name to become Lucky Tosh or anything. He started his career as Lucky Dube and on his own terms he stormed the world stage with this name intact, without even looking over his shoulders.

If Limbani Banda was worth his salt as he says, by now he should have left his music production do the talking for him. Over the years he and his music have not made any mark.

He started some years back than artists like Skeffa Chimoto or Katelele Ching’oma for example, but if today all these artists were to organise individual musical shows in Zomba on the same day and time but at different venues, believe you me, he won’t have any patrons.

It’s time Limbani did some soul searching to establish where it is that he can do better. I have started giving him free consultancy; he needs to re-look his vocal output among other things.

Changing names is only perpetuating the cartoonish career that he has had over the years; it’s time to get serious Limbani Banda. Because even if you are going to change to become Peter Tosh II but still keep on churning the stuff you pack in musical albums, believe you me it will be another wasted opportunity for you, and you will keep on wasting our time. Not now please, you have already wasted a lot of our time over the years.  

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Malawi 0 – Zambia 4


By the look of things, the line up alone would tell you a different story. A story that would include a full line up Malawian side against a Zambian side that had one representative and you would wrongly think the Lusaka influence would pale into insignificance.

Lucius Banda, Lulu, Maskal, Piksy, Dan Lufani, Wendy Harawa and of course The Blacks made the Malawi team while only The Organised Family duo represented Zambia. You would say Malawi had an upper hand.

But the reality on the ground is that Malawi tumbled miserably. Whereas Malawi brought quantity, Zambia brought quality. Whereas Malawi brought noise and erratic over-dramatisation, the Zambian duo, which was ironically backed by a Malawian Mizati Band, provided the entertainment that was spell binding to the thousands that thronged the Robins Park last weekend.

Malawi’s biggest culprit was Maskal. He failed the Malawi team as if this was his first show; in other words he displayed irresolute qualities of a debutant. He had no idea what level to start his song with. He started on a high note and ended up stepping himself all over.

Listening to his CDs one cannot help it but appreciate that Maskal is a good act when it comes to singing, but on this day he resorted to shouting.

To an extent, Lulu also helped to condemn the Malawi team to the category of mediocrity.

I don’t know what has come over him, to start with. He is sporting a new hair style; long hairs that did not do badly, given who he is. He was putting on a shining tar-gray suit but he kept on trying to fiddle with his slacks pockets with the freer hand as the other was holding on to a microphone, which was distracting as those watching him were trying to fathom what it is he was trying to get from the pockets.

Then one thing came out clearly, Lulu was trying to copy Michael Jackson through his hairdo, dressing, dancing antics and how he was throwing about his vocals. I wish he had stuck to the Lulu he introduced to the public from the onset.

Lucius Banda needs to be more innovative now. Apart from his new message where he is pleading with people not to get fat – saying obesity is killing a lot of people – his stage music antics are becoming predictable and monotonous like the Black Missionaries.

Dan Lufani was poignant to himself I guess. He was more satisfied with what he was doing than taking caution of what the audience expected from him. You know that feeling when you end up with a bittersweet aftertaste? This is what Dan gave the audience. He never exactly knew where to take them.

Armstrong needs to do more. Apparently he only has one track. The rest of the music that he played provoked many to protest that he was not stirring the people that thronged Robins Park by touching where it matters most. This tells him something though, if he is the learning type. He better go back to the drawing board lest he remains a one-hit-artist.

Black Missionaries still managed to ride on the names of their dead makers; Evison Matafale and Msamude Fumulani.  There is still lack of the sting; I mean they still bring that familiar act. Who has to think for them, surely, so that they become more new and move away from the template of their forbearers?

The other person that failed the audience is Collen Ali, the so called sound engineer of the day. What is wrong with preparations for live shows in Malawi?

This other day The Black Missionaries mocked the spirits of their dead makers when they ill-prepared and spent half of the time for the memorial show in Chileka in trying to rectify faltering equipment.

Likewise even with Multichoice as the owners of the show, still the intermittent provision of service from the engineering crew and their equipment left many with sour mouths.

There was a time when Piksy was playing where the bass guitar disappeared. Luckily, because of the nature of his music he managed to keep up the temperature on the dance floor by continuing doing some clowning around with rhyming lyrics bordering on sexual inference from his songs.   

This is what failed The Blacks when they were faced with a similar situation. Apart from Anjiru filling the speakers with sweet nothings, they lost out on a number of patrons some of whom decided enough was enough and decided to call it a day.

This was so because before The Blacks the Zambian duo of the Orga Family terrorised the dance floor when jerked patrons appreciating things as they unfolded from their seats to stand up and try break and twist a tendon or two. They felt Orga Family had compensated them enough.

If local artist were around to watch their counterparts, I guess they learnt a lesson or two of what it means to master the art of making the audience feed from your palm.

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Kalindekafe Mining PS


By Gregory Gondwe
Government has appointed Dr. Leonard Kalindekafe as the Principal Secretary in the newly established ministry of mining who until his appointment was Director, of Geological Survey Department.

Mining Minister John Bande told The Daily Times yesterday that with the appointment of Kalindekafe, what is now remaining is putting up a corporate office and other departments that should be added to the already existing ones like the geological survey.  
 
Kalindekafe holds a PhD, from the University of Dundee, UK. And he is a Geologist with field experience in many African countries as well as Canada, Saudi Arabia and Oman.
 
He is the current Chairman of the UN-Founded Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF).
 
Kalindekafe is also a fellow of Geological Society of London and his major expertise is in mineral exploration, geological mapping, geochemistry, seismology, oil and gas exploration, mining law and policy.