Don’t be afraid to fail—Major Lazer


By Sam Banda Jnr:

Despite having a tough time on stage during their performance at the 2018 Lake of Stars Festival due to heavy wind, United States of America (USA) group Major Lazer had time to interact with fellow artists.

Major Lazer interacted with local artists and artists from other countries such as Zimbabwe’s Berita, who is based in South Africa for a short time before they jumped on stage.


It has been difficult most of the times for local artists to interact with renowned international acts when they are invited in the country.

The interaction was short and would have been better but the organisers simply did well to create such a platform.

Some of the local artists who were present during the interaction include Jacaranda Cultural Troupe and Jacca Steppers, Tay Grin and Lemekeza Phiri.


The session hosted by Joy Nathu, saw artists asking questions to Major Lazer on their music and the path they have travelled to be where they are today.

Other artists also took the platform to find out how they could collaborate with them but also their openness to work with up and coming artists.

Major Lazer however, urged the artists to work hard in whatever they do and that they should strive to do it better.

Composed of record producer Diplo, and DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire, Major Lazer’s unique sound mixes reggae with dancehall, reggaeton, soca, house and moombahton.

Their latest single ‘Let Me Live,’ collaboration with Rudimental featuring Anne- Marie and Mr Eazi, is an energetic dancehall-influenced number with accompanying music video filmed by South Africa’s Chris Saunders in Johannesburg.

“Don’t be afraid to fail in music, as a group we are not afraid to fail because through that you learn,” Diplo said.

The group also seemed to have done a research before coming to Malawi as one of the members was putting on a jersey written Manoma and he had to ask how big the team was.

Major Lazer also hinted that they had listened to some music from Malawi citing George Kalukusha, who also performed at the three-day festival.

During the session, US Ambassador, Virginia Palmer, was present and she welcomed the group in the country.

The group which is on an African tour closed the curtain on the Hivos main stage.

They jumped on stage around 11pm and went all the way to the early hours of Monday.

It was difficult with the heavy wind and storm for all the performances on the last day but the artists as well as the audience braved all this.

In most cases the last days the patronage is always low as people start leaving preparing to go to work on Monday, but it was a different story with so many people staying on to watch Major Lazer.

Major Lazer told the audience later during their performance that they were thankful to the fans for staying on and supporting them.

With the heavy wind, the trio performed with their faces covered.

They at some point invited a dancing group that spiced up their performance.

Major Lazer also showed their creativity when they remixed Nigerian star Davido’s song ‘If’ and breathed in new lyrics speaking highly about Malawi.

As DJs, they showed their skills on the decks although things were tough with the bad weather.

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