Musician John Ndaferankhande proved his nickname Fire on Friday when he gave out a splendid performance during the launch of his second album Emmanuel at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.
As a musician, John Fire is nowhere near the top in the music circles in the country but his performance was worth the salt and, if he stays focused, he surely will get to the top.
The launch of his album attracted one of the biggest audiences at JCC as the venue was filled to capacity.
The success of his launch lied in the fact that he planned and prepared well.
Ahead of the launch, John Fire promised people the best and he did just that from the word go and he journeyed with the audience, interacting with them throughout and also explaining in detail every song he offered.
As a pharmacist, the musician made sure he did not skip stitching a song on health and that saw him performing the track ‘Typhoid’.
In the song, which attracted cheers from the audience which had some doctors, the musician speaks volumes of the efforts being made by some health personnel in the fight against diseases.
Another key factor to the success of his performance on the night is that the musician put together a band that had experienced and upcoming members.
For instance, in the team of backing vocalists, she engaged the services of Elivacy Muyaba, who is experienced and has starred with Mibawa Band and currently stars with Mingoli Band.
Muyaba and other backing members blended well to support John Fire to give out the best on the night.
He started with slow numbers that had people listening before going full throttle to offer danceable songs that had elements of traditional dances such as Beni and Tchopa.
Coming from the Lower Shire, John Fire also did not skip its sound that saw one of the women take to the dance floor to showcase one of the dances.
But it was the title track ‘Emmanuel’ and ‘Wondilenga’, the title track for his debut album, which won him the hearts of the people.
He actually had to finish off with the two songs by public demand that had others join the musician and his team on the dance floor.
John Fire left the stage while people were still longing for his vibes but he had done enough to show he was truly made of steel.
“I didn’t expect to have such support but I am so thankful to all those who came and this will surely push me to go on. I just had to do more and not disappoint the audience, I know I still have more homework to do but I am surely going in the right direction,” the musician said.
A product of Music Club situated at HHI in Blantyre led by veteran Francis Mijiga, John Fire said he banked his performance on the experience of experience and creativity of the upcoming artists.
“Most of all, I just want to thank God for making this happen,” he said.
Mijiga, who also shined on the night with Spare Fingers offering a dose of jazz, said he was happy to see one of his products do wonders. The other members of Spare Fingers are Uncle Robinson and TJ.
“It was a fantastic launch, lots of energy and happiness from John Fire and then we also had several products from Music Club. We actually have an extension at Liverpool Wellcome Trust,” Mijiga said.
The concert, which was supported by Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust, Blantyre Music Club and Powertex Malawi Limited, also saw performances from Waliko Makhala and Josh.