Lulu’s launch of an album, Better In Your Arms,
which took place on Saturday night at Bingu International Convention Centre
(Bicc) in Lilongwe, brought to light the other side of the musician.
As soon as he got on stage, Lulu said that apart from
teaching music to the youth, he also teaches karate. He said he is a soccer
player but ‘couldn’t make a career out of it, therefore, decided to stop
After making this revelation, Lulu called four karate youths who came on stage and displayed a number of karate moves, throwing punches and kicks in the air before he (Lulu) joined them and displayed his moves with fluidity, befitting a sensei.
Sing along with me: Lulu seems to be telling fans during the launch
Lulu, real name Lawrence Khwisa, said he comes from Kawale
Township, Lilongwe and that he is proud of his home town.
His Mathumela Band, which backed him during the launch, also
comes from Kawale and according to him, the new album is a compilation of
messages from the township, saying: “I was born and I am based in Kawale. We
the people of Kawale have a message for you, but we don’t know how best to tell
you. We don’t know if words can explain better to you but we believe that music
is going to do that.”
Lulu walked on stage dressed in slim fit dark slacks,
flowery viscose shirt covered with a greyish tweed jacket and gold chain around
He had a mohawk shaven head with dreadlocks tied in a bun at
the back of his head. His first song was MunthuSadzatheka, which
was received with applause from the audience.
The next song was the popular Ili
NdiPempheroLanga from one of his previous albums, persuading the
people in the auditorium to sing along. As the music tempo rose, the patrons
rose with it softly but firmly singing along as if in fervent prayer to the
Lord just as the song stipulates.
By the time he was performing Sindine
Accountant more than half of the auditorium was up dancing and
singing along loudly to the familiar lyrics.
This was before Symon Kamlaga and Kendall Kamwendo of the NyembaNyemba
fame came on stage to auction the fresh album CD.
Other artists in support of the launch were B1 of the Kwa
George fame from Zambia, SkefaChimoto, Dan Chazama, Legend, Kell Kay
and Ro Kho.