After announcing recently that Black Missionaries and Soldier Lucius Banda would be performing at this year’s Blantyre Arts Festival (Baf), the organisers have revealed more artists.
Baf which this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary under theme Fit for Life, will be held at Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) starting from October 4 to 6.
Apart from Black Missionaries and Anthony Makondetsa as well as Soldier Lucius Banda and his Zembani Band, the other artists set to perform at Baf are Golden Moon Band which is spearheaded by Polish singer Malta Wilgosz, Pachanyas Band from Germany, Annemarie Quinn, who is from the United Kingdom but is based in Malawi, and Kasama Arts from Zambia.
“We are making headway in our programme and by the end of this month everything will be 100 percent fixed. The announcement of some of the artists is a clear indication that everything is going the right direction. We want people to come and celebrate the 10th anniversary and this is why we have the carnival as well on the menu,” Baf Executive Director, Thom Chibambo, said Tuesday.
Chibambo said there was more for people to experience this year.
“This year with support from Osisa we are implementing a Fit For Life Women and Girls Rights Project in six districts and some of the participants will showcase their works at the festival. The idea is to show that art is a business as well as a serious career worth pursuing,” Chibambo.
Pastor Mphatso Chidothe, who is leading Baf’s youth package, said in July that they would want the youth to showcase their talents by having a children’s corner.
“Baf is a family festival that caters for everyone and this is why we have the children’s corner where children will interact but also show their talents. We are also having workshops,” Chidothe said.