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Mibawa has partnered organisers of the Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF) to among others offer their state-of the-art equipment to be used during the festival scheduled for Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) from October 2 to 4.

This comes on the backdrop of BAF having problems of equipment since the festival started in 2009.

Speaking during a press briefing on Thursday, BAF Executive Director, Thom Chibambo, said they were happy to partner with Mibawa for the first time and that now the issue of equipment has been sorted out.

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“Mibawa has state-of-the -art equipment and we are happy to work with them and we are sure this partnership will continue,” Chibambo.

Mibawa proprietor John Nthakomwa also said they are excited to work with BAF, adding that they want to help uplift the festival and provide quality sound.

“Many organisers of events in the country have overlooked the issue of sound but as Mibawa we have always wanted to help grow the creative industry in the country. We have been involved in several high-profile shows so we have the right equipment for this festival,” said Nthakomwa.

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He revealed that they will change the set up and that they are looking at mounting another stage which will be specifically for music performances.

“I know people have got used to the amphitheatre but we are doing it differently, we will have the stage on the other side closer to the entrance because we want people to have more space,” said Nthakomwa.

He said as Mibawa they are also working with Lake of Stars Festival and that they provided equipment during the Porters race in Mulanje.

“So this is the same with BAF, we want to make sure that we have a perfect sound and we will also direct them on other things to make the festival the best. On top of that we will also provide food and drinks during the event,” said Nthakomwa.

The festival has in the past years suffered setbacks in sound citing the year when Mali’s Salif Keita performed in the country. The Malian musician endured a torrid during his performance due to sound glitches.

Chibambo said the festival as usual has a rich line-up this year with South Africa’s gospel legend Rebecca Malopa among the international headliners. She is expected to perform on October 3 sharing the stage with local gospel giants Ethel Kamwendo Banda and Thocco Katimba.

Chibambo said the festival which will also have a carnival as well as a fashion show has always been affordable so as to give a chance to people to enjoy it to the fullest.

“For instance Rebecca Malope has been here but the charges have been on the higher side but BAF is saying come and watch this gospel legend and you will only pay K5,000. We also have a rich line up with Black Missionaries on October 2 and the entry fee is K3,000 while on October 4, we have Solomonic and a group from Tanzania among others and the entry is also K3,000,” said Chibambo.

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