The Jamaican musician Busy Signal show which was scheduled to take place on August 27 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe has been shifted to September 3.
Musician Lucicus Banda, popularly known as Soldier, confirmed the development on Monday.
“It’s true the show has been shifted to September 3 because of our colleagues in Zimbabwe. Busy Signal was supposed to perform in Zimbabwe on September 3 but our colleagues have pulled out, so we could not have managed to keep Busy Signal for two weeks as he will perform in South Africa on September 10,” Lucius said.
He said they had no choice with the pulling out of their colleagues in Zimbabwe but rather shift it to September 3.
“We know there is a Sound and Light concert on September 4 but we were in a fix and we had no choice. We just call upon people to support the two events,” he said.
Lucius said the Busy Signal show was part of raising funds for the Sunbird Sand Music Festival set to take place in Salima the last weekend of October.
“This year’s festival will be big, we want to maintain the standard set last year where Busy Signal offered an electric performance and this is also the reason he accepted to help us fundraise for the festival,” the legendary musician said.
Over the weekend Lucius through his Zembani Music Company also organised three shows in Liwonde, Lilongwe and Mzuzu which featured Zambian musician General Kanene.
The three shows which attracted impressive audiences, according to Lucius, were part of raising funds for the Busy Signal show.
“We want to do more fundraising shows so as to hold a perfect festival in October. Last year, we had Busy Signal but this year, there will be a big line-up, actually about four artists from Jamaica are coming, we have done this because Malawians love reggae and that is from the research we have made,” Lucius said.
He also said this year the festival will also celebrate reggae icon Lucky Dube.
“We actually will dedicate the Saturday of the festival to reggae music and that is part of celebrating the life of Lucky Dube. Chances are actually high that Thuthukani Cele will come as well as Lucky Dube’s son,” he said.
Lucius could not mention the names of the four Jamaican musicians, who are coming.
Dube was a South African reggae musician and Rastafarian.
He recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in a 25- year period and was South Africa’s biggest-selling reggae artist.
Dube was murdered in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville on the evening of October 18, 2007.
“We just want to thank Malawians for the support they always give us, Sunbird Sand Music Festival is for Malawians and we will always strive to bring out the best. We also just want to thank the corporate world for coming out to support us including the media,” the musician said.
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