Busiswa, Nasty C headline Nyasa Fest on second day


By Sam Banda Jnr:

SECOND DAY—Nasty C on stage

South African acts Busiswa Gqulu popularly known as Busiswa and Nasty C were the centre of attraction on the second day of the inaugural Nyasa Music Festival which kicked off on Friday and ended Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

On a biting cold night in Blantyre, the audience on the first day on Friday was treated to a line-up that included South Africa’s DJ Noxxy and Prince Kaybee with locals featuring, among others, Kell Kay, who could not manage to offer more than four songs indicating he was not feeling well.


And coming back to Busiswa, the artist, who gained public recognition in a feature on DJ Zinhle’s song, ‘My Name Is’, after being discovered by Kalawa Jazmee’s CEO Oskido, hit the stage at exactly 10pm and offered an energetic act that lasted for almost an hour before her DJ took over the proceedings.

She was sensational on the night and, with her dancers, took people on her musical journey that saw the audience singing along to most of the songs.

Busiswa’s entry was received with pomp soon after hosts Super DT and Blak Jak announced that she was next on the menu after DJ Noxxy entertained the audience with different songs.


“Hello Blantyre. Thank so much for giving me so much support tonight,” she said amidst cheers.

From the word go, she offered a non-stop performance and took time out to show dance moves that impressed the audience.

With albums such as Highly Favoured and Summer Life to her credit, Busiswa even played a quick one on the song ‘uWrongo’, fusing in Blantyre and Malawi just to connect with the people.

She also had one moment when she invited a woman to the stage to showcase her skills and Busiswa was blown away.

“I would like to thank Nyasa Music Festival for bringing me here. I am excited. Zikomo kwambiri,” Busiswa said before bowing out.

Busiswa’s DJ performed for close to an hour as the audience waited for Nasty C, who only jumped on stage after midnight.

The youthful rapper, songwriter and record producer dragged the audience closer to the stage and dished out his vibes with energy, backed by a band.

Just like Busiswa, people sang along to his songs but his set was very shot lasting less than 45 minutes.

The artist left the audience in suspense as they still wanted more from him but he did not return and instead went on to board a car with some people surrounding the his motorcade.

“Thank you so much for hosting me here in Malawi. This is my first time to perform here,” Nasty C, said soon after dropping one song.

The award-winning artist was in Japan for performances before flying to Malawi.

Better known as the ‘Coolest Kid in Africa’, Nasty C, real name, Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, dished out songs from his albums Strings and Bring and Bad Hair.

“I loved Busiswa, so much energy, Nasty C was good too but the performance was just short, I expected more,” one of the fans, Desire Chijota, said.

Local acts also did well on the day to show their swag and they included Fredokiss.

The sound, lighting and the stage were perfect.

However, the organisers need to revisit their operations.

Nyasa Music Festival Director, James Makunje, said ahead of the festival that they would not say when artists such as AKA would jet in.

Festivals are supposed to provide a line-up to the audience for them to know, who is performing at what time, but it was not the case with Nyasa Music Festival with communication only coming from the hosts.

Soon after Nasty C’s performance, the two announced that AKA would perform yesterday with other performances coming from Faith Mussa, Patience Namadingo and Gwamba, among others.

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