BY MATILDA CHIMWAZA:
Saturday will be deserted as the The Black Missionaries, also known as Ma Blacks, will be out in the sunshine of Mulanje District, where they will spice up Mulanje Porters Race.
Ma Blacks will complete the entertainment line-up with an open-air free music show, dubbed Island in The Sky Festival.
Main sponsor, TNM, said earlier this week that it was thrilled to engage the Blantyre-based band.
TNM Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Daniel Makata, said the company was proud to invite the Black Missionaries and Anthony Makondetsa to mark the race’s 22nd anniversary.
“As a telecoms and communications partner, TNM is also a patriotic promoter of the country’s arts, culture and tourism. Apart from developing the sport, Mulanje Porters Race is also promoting tourism and conservation of the environment to make the country a preferred tourist destination and music is part of culture that also promotes tourism,” Makata said
Makata said, during the event, TNM marketing activation teams will be on sight to provide services such as sim-card registration, sales and mobile money transactions through their Mpamba service.
“Patrons and other stakeholders to the event should look forward to an exciting event. The crystal-clear TNM 4G/LTE network will be available at the event to provide all primary connectivity services be it voice calls, SMS, internet data and mobile money transactions while enjoying the sport and local music,” Makata said.
In an interview, Black Missionaries lead vocalist, Anjiru Fumulani, said the reggae giants are looking forward to an exciting show in Mulanje.
“We are always excited when companies such as TNM invite us to perform to new communities like [those of] Likhubula. We are prepared and I should take this opportunity to urge Malawians to register to take part in the race and enjoy local music afterwards,” Fumulani said.
Mulanje Porters Race is an extreme outdoor sport that takes runners to the summit of Mulanje Mountain, one of Southern Africa’s highest mountains at about 3,000 metres above sea level.
The race has over the years produced athletes that have put the country on the map.
Mount Mulanje Porters Race is held annually and is patronised by local and international athletes.