THEY knew him as Madalitso at Rephidim Institute School, but on November 10, 2012, he was with them in his capacity as Dalisoul Shansha Mwana wa mukomboni.
At Kunzubo Lodge in Lusaka's Roma Township is where Rephidim Institute school alumni, their relatives and friends met last Saturday evening to party and reminisce about the good old days at the Lusaka West-based Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) boarding school.
What started as a social networking site chat and regular weekend meetings turned to reality on November 10, 2012. It being summer time, body-hugging mini-skirts was the notable dress code among most of the ladies while the men were either formally or casually clad, as per requirement.
And having produced celebrities of the likes of Ty2, Levinz "Nalema", Karasa and Disc Jockey (DJ) Whitehead, the Rephidim Institute School reunion party would have been incomplete without any one (except Levinz) of the aforesaid to entertain the former schoolmates and Dalisoul, accompanied by his dancers, was on hand to do just that.
But before the towering Dalisoul, who was fondly known as Mada at the school in question, showed up, rumour went round that he was not going to attend the party because he was somewhere with his family celebrating his younger brother's birthday.
To make matters worse, load-shedding "gate-crashed" before Dalisoul pitched up! Another power blackout befell the venue after him and his dancers "secretly" left followed by yet another one! In total, three power outages were experienced with a combined duration of close to two hours, but that did not deter the fun from continuing.
The opening prayer did also not deter the Rephidim Institute alumni from going against the school rules of not drinking alcohol, smoking or eating pork!
As he had promised in the pre-reunion party interview, Dalisoul, whose real name is Madalitso Phiri, rose to the occasion by showcasing some of his hits such as the famous Shansha, Condom, Musunge munshe and his version of the Tonga song. The latter track proved to be the audience's favorite hence his decision to perform it more than once.
Besides singing and dancing, Mwana wa mukomboni exhibited his humorous side by cracking a few ribs with his jokes, some of which were a swipe at the prefects, head boys, head girls and teachers who used to punish him at school and also praised those who were the opposite of the others.
To make it even more hilarious, he was mentioning their names without fear or favour and using vernacular, particularly Nyanja, the language he was fond of using at Rephidim Institute school at the expense of English!
Though little is known about him locally, Harold Mabula alias DJ H-Man, with help from other DJs, entertained the audience with music before and after Dalisoul left. H-Man, also a graduate from the same school, is famous in Russia for singing and Deejaying.
Despite others not attending the party, last Saturday's Rephidim Institute school reunion party was a success, judging by the impressive turn out. The K200, 000 contribution fee was worth it.
Plans are already underway to hold a similar, but bigger party in December, this year, which seeks to encompass former pupils currently in the diaspora and other parts of the country who were unable to attend the Kunzubo Lodge one.