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Diamond faces Master KG at Sand Music Fest

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Sand Music Festival is set to take place at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima District on October 30 to November 1 2020, the organisers said Tuesday.

The festival driven by Impakt Events will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

During a press briefing held at Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe Tuesday, organisers announced some of the artists set to perform at this year’s feast includes Tanzania’s popular artist Diamond Platnumz and South Africa’s musician Master KG.

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Diamond will be making a return to the festival as he already starred four years ago while Master KG will be making a debut performance at the event.

Real name Nasibu Abdul Juma Issack, the Tanzanian bongo flava recording artist, actor, dancer, philanthropist and a businessman, Diamond is considered influential among his fans, and is said to be the most loved and decorated artist in East and Central Africa.

With hits such as ‘Nana’, the artist was believed to be the highest selling Tanzanian artist of ringtones by mobile phone companies in 2013 as well as being among the artists earning the highest income in the African Great Lakes region’s music industry.

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Master KG has also built himself into a force to reckon with in the musical landscape with his song ‘Jerusalema’ trending and winning the hearts of many people including various celebrities across the world.

The South African artist released ‘Jerusalema’ in December 2019. The song which features Nomcebo Zikode, mid this year went viral online, charting internationally and spawning a remix with Nigeria’s Burna Boy.

Real name Kgaogelo Moagi, the musician and record producer performed in the country in 2018 at Lilongwe Golf Club where he came courtesy of Masters Security in partnership with Impakt Events.

The artist also known as the pioneer of ‘Balobedu’ dance has made strides in his music and his album Skeleton Move achieved acclaim including an Afrimma Award for Best Artist/ Group in the African Electro category.

Recently Impakt Events Director and founder Soldier Lucius Banda indicated that they were still working on the venue of the festival.

But yesterday it was confirmed at the presser that the festival which last year took place in the same district but at Kabumba Hotel returns to Sunbird Livingstonia which is a few kilometres from Kabumba.

Programmes Manager Priscilla Mhango said after last year’s outing, they planned big for this year but have been affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have put in place measures in the fight against the pandemic. We will put in place saniters at every point and wearing of face masks will be mandatory,” Mhango said.

“It has been a long journey for the festival with ups and downs but we have managed to give the audience the best from both local and international acts,” Lucius said.

Other acts performing at the festival are Lucius Banda, Skeffa Chimoto, Patience Namadingo, Black Missionaries, Lulu, Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Anthony Makondetsa, Sir Paul Banda, Janta, Saint, Alleluya Band, Wendy Harawa and Great Angels Choir.

“We have more acts on the line-up and these are some of them. Apart from performances, we will also have other activities such as fashion, poetry, aerobics beach soccer and water sport games,” Wendy said.

According to a poster of the festival, the standard ticket for the festival is K25,000.

“The ticket is available now and the ticket outlets are all Sunbird hotels across the country, Puma shops and Khala Old Chameleon Bar,” Wendy said.

With Covid-19 pandemic, the festival hanged in the balance but following the decrease in number of cases, Impakt Events decided to go ahead with the festival which last year was headlined by Jamaica’s veteran musician King Sounds and Vee Mampeez from Botswana of the ‘Dololo’ fame.

Sand Music Festival is among the top six festivals in the country and will be coming to the fold barely two weeks after the same venue experiencing Hangout Festival.

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