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By Emmanuel Simpokolwe & Sam Banda Jnr:

The three-day Sand Music Festival starts today through to Sunday at Kambiri Beach Resort in Salima with several artists set to perform on the two stages of Kuchekuche Macheza and Ufulu 525 Experience.

The festival opens today with performances on the Ufulu 525 Experience stage featuring acts such as Skeffa Chimoto, Dan Lufani, Tuno, Sam Smack, Mr Zembani, Lucius Banda, Janta, Ras KDT, Driemo and DJs Kenny, Mutchie and Boo whereas the Kuchekuche stage features Agorosso, Atoht Manje and Repatriation Band, among others.

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Zambian artist Yo Maps, who arrived yesterday afternoon through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, will perform on the Ufulu 525 Experience stage in the early hours of tomorrow.

The artist, who will be debuting at the festival, promised a good performance.

“I am happy to be here and ready for the festival,” Yo Maps said.

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Jamaican reggae dancehall star Busy Signal, who is one of the international headliners, also jetted into the country Thursday through Kamuzu International Airport.

The ‘Dreams of Brighter Days’ and ‘Free Up Black People’ maker, who will be performing at the feast for the second time having last featured at the event in 2015 where he conquered, has since promised nothing but the best.

“I am excited to be here once again. I love Malawi and I am ready to give them the best,” he said.

Busy Signal will perform in the wee hours of Sunday on the Ufulu 525 Experience stage according to the schedule.

Tanzania’s Harmonise, who is another international headliner and arrives Saturday, will perform on the same day close to midnight.

The other acts performing tomorrow include Rudo Mkukupa Chakwera, Uganda’s Lily Kadima, Great Angels Choir, Eli Njuchi, Michael Mountain, DJ Hugo Pro, Gwamba, DJ Mighty Virus, Piksy, Saint, Gloria Manong’a, Pro Voice, Ethel Kamwendo Banda and Kell Kay.

The last day on Sunday will feature artists such as Nyandoro Mthenga and Alleluya Band.

Lucius, who is the festival’s director called on people to patronise the festival, saying this year is all about celebrating Africa, hence the line-up being dominated by artists from the African continent.

“We are prepared and people will have so much to experience. We would like to thank the corporate world for the support. Times have been hard but companies have come out to give us support. People have also been supportive as usual and we have sold a lot of tickets,” Lucius said.

He said they will keep on learning and striving to give people the best, having run the festival for 12 years now.

Last year, the festival took place at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi District and saw performances from artists such as Jamaica’s Gramps Morgan, Nigeria’s Mr P, South Africa’s Makhadzi and Sipho Makhabane and Uganda’s Levixone.

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