Europe beckons Madalitso Band


The stars keep shining for Lilongwe-based ethno music duo of Yobu Maligwa and Yosefe Kalekeni of Madalitso Band.

The Roskilde Festival, one of the biggest festivals in Europe, has just released a star studded cast comprising big names in music to play at the festival— which starts in the Danish town of Roskilde from Saturday, June 30, to Saturday July 7.

The star list comprises big names in music, some of them being Eminem, Bruno Mars, Gorillaz, Nine Inch Nails, Cardi B, David Byrne, Khalid and Nephew.


Festival organisers have confirmed that the artists will perform at the festival. In fact, they will perform on the stage where artists that were picked from the streets [Madalitso Band] by music producer and promoter Emmanuel Kamwenje are set to perform.

Speaking in an interview after festival organisers announced names of artists that are set to perform during this year’s festival, Kamwenje said he was excited with the way his artists have been advancing with their career, which has seen them touring and participating in international activities after Sauti za Busala Festival in 2017.

“After attending the Sauti za Busala festival, the doors for Madalitso Band were opened. At the time they were a little known street band even here in Malawi, but everything changed when we met French musician, Maelo, who was impressed with their performance and got us the European connection,” Kamwenje said.


Kamwenje added that, this year, the band has a very tight schedule in Europe as, after performing at the Roskilde Festival, the band will have a European tour which will see them performing at different venues in France, Switzerland and Sweden.

“The boys are really going in the right direction with their music, as evidenced by the fact that they will play at a number of places in Europe after the festival. Actually, there are 10 shows that have been booked for the band in France,” Kamwenje said.

Kamwenje said, apart from having European tours, the band will also be performing at a number of local events, including the Lake of Stars, the Ntchisi Forest Festival and the Ethno Music Festival— organised by Music Cross Roads, where they will be the headliners.

According to a press statement released by festival organisers, and made public in Denmark yesterday, the festival has a total of 175 acts.

Apart from Eminem, Bruno Mars, Gorillaz, Nine Inch Nails, Cardi B, David Byrne, Khalid and Nephew, the list comprises internationally acclaimed musicians such as Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Massive Attack, DuaLipa.

Organisers indicate that more than 70 new music acts will perform at this year’s festival.

Additionally, the festival includes 59 new music additions, representing more than 174 acts from more than 35 countries— making the festival Europe’s biggest cultural event with a variety of genres which reflect the diversity of the Danish non-profit bash.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to be able to present a line-up that offers iconic additions such as Nick Cave and Massive as well as popstar Dua Lipa. Together with an arts programme that includes genre-defying highlights from Chelsea Manning to a giant anti-capitalist serpent and a highly unfair football pitch, there is so much to explore at Roskilde Festival 2018. It is exactly this sort of diversity, activism and curiosity we are looking for when putting together the programme,” says Roskilde Festival’s Head of Programmes, Anders Wahrén, in the statement.

According to the statement, the Roskilde Festival, right next to the Danish capital of Copenhagen, is a 100 percent non-profit cultural event. Profits generated from the event are donated to cultural and humanitarian purposes by the Roskilde Festival Charity Society.

“From Japan to Jamaica, from Russia to Malawi, from Lebanon to New Zealand and everything in-between, artists of all sizes will play [on] the big and the small stages,” reads part of the statement.

And, according to the organisers, 130,000 curious festival-goers from all over the world will party together for a greater cause when they explore the diverse music and arts programme at Roskilde Festival 2018.

According to the festival programme, Madalitso Band will share the stage with big names such as Eminem Nine Inch Nails, Card B and St Vincent all popular US music outfits on July 4 the first day of the festival.

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