Musical heavyweights Black Missionaries and Soldier Lucius Banda are expected to share the stage at this year’s Blantyre Arts Festival (Baf) to be held at Blantyre Cultural Centre in October.
Baf, which was listed among the top six festivals in the country by National Geographic, started in 2009 and is this year be celebrating its 10th anniversary.
The festival’s Executive Director, Thom Chibambo, confirmed yesterday that the musical giants would headline the three-day festival this year.
“I can confirm that the deal is done with the two giants. We are having them this year as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. We did indicate that this being our 10th anniversary, we will have artists, who have been gracing the festival since we started; hence, having Black Missionaries and Lucius Banda and Zembani Band,” Chibambo said.
Running under the theme ‘Fit For Life: Women and Girls Rights’, the festival with support from, among others, Osisa, will be looking at empowering youths and women for them to utilise and grow their talents and take them as a career and business.
The festival will this year open with a preview and then a street carnival before running on with the performances that will also target children.
“We just want to thank Baf for giving us another opportunity to perform at this year’s festival. We have always been there since its inception,” Blacks’ lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani, said Thursday.
Chibambo said more acts would be announced soon.
In the past, international artists such as Mali’s Salif Keita, Jamaica’s Mutabaruka and the late Oliver Mtukudzi have performed at the festival.