Malawi’s celebrated musician Lucius Banda calls for voluntary testing in an international musical show

Malawi’s celebrated musician ‘Sir’ Lucius Banda has called upon the populace to voluntarily go for regular medical examination to eschew avoidable deaths.

Lucius Banda


Lucius Banda

Banda said this Friday December 14 2012 night during a musical show dubbed Malawi versus Zambia where several Malawi top artists lined up against Zambia’s Organised family in an all-night live musical show in Blantyre.

The renowned Musician lamented that he knows of deaths of people, who he said if they had been going for medical check-ups, could not have succumbed to death such early.

“I salute you all people here. But I have a piece of advice for you. It is so simple. Please let’s be sparing some time to go for medical check-ups.

“Nowadays we hear of sudden deaths due to BP, cardiac arrest and sugar which necessitate us to be going for check-ups regularly to avoid sudden deaths that can be avoided,” the musician took time off the musical lane to offer the free medical tip to the patrons before he left the stage after  his 40 minutes live performance.

The musician who has 16 albums to his credit and manages Zembani band and several entertainment places in Malawi noted with dismay that most Malawians do not seek health services unless they are down which is not good, observing that it is healthy to be going to the hospital when you are capable.

Recently, a medical doctor with a cane growing company in Malawi observed that most work places are largely spending their energies and resources on issues of HIV/AIDS only, at the expense of other killer diseases like malaria, BP, cancer and cholera.

While appreciating the efforts made by the government, developing partners and employers, the medical doctor lamented that most people are busy developing strategies to do with HIV/AIDS pandemic and completely forget that there are other equally dangerous and killer diseases that require advocacy and resources to save people’s lives.

“The focus of many is just on HIV/AIDS as if that is the only deadly disease. There are other diseases that also pose a threat to the populous but we have forgotten, which is not good for the nation,” he observed.

Commenting on the observation of the two, Martin Soko concurred with the two saying that  even at the mention of voluntary testing, people thought the musician would talk about HIV/AIDS voluntary counselling and testing and not for general medical check-up.

“Our minds have been corrupt with the issues of HIV/AIDS. That someone can go to the hospital to voluntarily get tested of malaria, sugar or tuberculosis is something that some medical personnel even get surprised with,” observed Soko, adding it is really high time people appreciated that hospitals are there for any other tests and not HIV/AIDS only.

During the show, people did not hide their disappointment with the organisers for failing to update them on the non-availability of Zambian Mampi Mukape.

“It has been a wonderful night full of entertainment but the organizers should learn to be diplomatic and not take us for granted.

“Why have they not apologized or at least tell us why Mampi, who they advertised, would be here is not around,” fumed one Jones Dokali.

Mampi, whose music has taken Malawi by storm, was supposed to perform at the show but she was consciously missing and no word of apology came from the organizers.

Minus Mampi, the show went on well as Malawian artists proved that they are worth reckoning and capable of satisfying their kinsmen.

Starting off at around 21 00 hours with Lulu, the show saw other great artists like Maskal, Dan Lufani, Wendy Harawa, Armstrong and Piksy taking turns at the stage before people sampled Zambia duo of Oga family who stormed the stage at around 0150 backed by Malawi’s Maziko band through to 02:48 to give the stage to Malawi reggae outfit Black Missionaries.

The Blacks, as they are renown of, kept the people on their feet up to 04:40 and it had to take the organizers to move them out of the stage as they were possessed with their reggae hits from Kuimba 1 to 9 to the satisfaction of the patrons.

During the show, people did not hide their disappointment with the organisers for failing to update them on the non-availability of Zambian Mampi Mukape.

“It has been a wonderful night full of entertainment but the organisers should learn to be diplomatic and not take us for granted.

“Why have they not apologised or at least tell us why Mampi, who they advertised, would be here is not around,” fumed one Jones Dokali.

Mampi, whose music has taken Malawi by storm, was supposed to perform at the show but she was consciously missing and no word of apology came from the organisers.

Minus Mampi, the show went on well as Malawian artists proved that they are worth reckoning and capable of satisfying their kinsmen.

Starting off at around 21 00 hours with Lulu, the show saw other great artists like Maskal, Dan Lufani, Wendy Harawa, Armstrong and Piksy taking turns at the stage before people sampled Zambia duo of Oga family who stormed the stage at around 0150 backed by Malawi’s Maziko band through to 02:48 to give the stage to Malawi reggae outfit Black Missionaries.

The Blacks, as they are renown of, kept the people on their feet up to 04:40 and it had to take the organisers tomove them out of the stage as they were possessed with their reggae hits from Kuimba 1 to 9 to the satisfaction of the patrons.

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philimino chatsalira JNR says:

Sir Lucius mumaitha advice paliponse man we LOVE U SIR

Rashid says:

Great singer is Lucius. Internationally recognized and for the message given that is great. when some messages come from celebrities it works. that is free advise and thanks for the reporter to pick up this message. it is good for those who were not at the show too. and it shows that even at dances people can get salvation just as Sir Paul sung in his song ZONSE ZABWINO. Bravo Lucius, bravo Peter!