By Sam Banda Jnr:
Ufulu Festival finally took place on Saturday at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe after being postponed on July 6.
Flood Church, which runs the festival, said they were happy with the turnout of people during the event.
“It was incredible. Many people showed up,” one of the event managers and lead pastor for Flood Church, Yamikani Kalizang’oma, said.
Kalizang’oma said they had several activities during the festival including music performances featuring artists such as Kim of Diamonds, Sangie, Danny Kalima, Code Sangala and The Tribe Band and Chipasula Project.
However, one of the headliners during this year’s festival, Faith Mussa, failed to make it as he is in South Africa where he is collaborating with Benjamin Dube.
On Faith’s absence, Kalizang’oma said the musician posted a video sharing with patrons to the festival that he could not make it despite the organisers trying their best to have him.
Faith said Sunday he tried his level best to be part of the festival but things did not work out.
“I had indicated last time that I was applying for a visa to Canada and United Kingdom where I have performances at festivals. I thought the passport would be ready but it has not yet come out; hence, not managing to travel. My passport is still at the agency for visa applications,” Faith said.
He confirmed that the organisers of Ufulu Festival had bought air tickets hoping that the passport would be ready but it did not work out.
Faith is expected to star with Dube, who is working on a live DVD, in South Africa this coming Friday.
The festival, oiled by sponsors such as FDH Bank, also had aerobics and kids’ activities.
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