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Faith Mussa pulls out of Makhabane’s concert

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Singer and guitarist Faith Mussa has pulled out of the live in concert show featuring South Africa’s artist Sipho Makhabane set to be held at Bingu International Conference Centre’s Umodzi Park in Lilongwe on Friday.

The organisers had indicated that apart from Makhabane, the concert would also have the presence of celebrated local artists Faith Mussa and Patience Namadingo.

Mussa, who last weekend shared the stage with US singer Don Moen said he has pulled out because the organisers were not being honest.

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“Malawian artists are always treated like dirt when international artists are coming except a few professional organisers like the Love Malawi Festival organisers. This is not right and it must stop, we are Malawians and we deserve respect just like every artist outside,” Mussa said on Tuesday.

He said he would not be part of the show revealing that the organisers paid him a cheque which bounced and that when they were contacted they kept on playing hide and seek.

“As I said the organiser has been dodging even signing a formal contract and in the end he has failed to keep his word. We are not even sure if Sipho is coming. Anyway whether he decides to pay or not I am not performing,” Mussa said.

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But National Product Magazine Managing Director, Steve Chinyamula Chinyamula, yesterday said he was in South Africa recently hence there was silence when contacted and that he was sorting out the issue with Mussa’s manager Sam Chiwaka.

Chiwaka said they were still discussing and that Chinyamula and team had been given some conditions to meet failing which they would pull out.

Namadingo could not be reached on Tuesday as regards his performance but Chiwaka said the conditions were set by the two artists and that without that they would both pull out.

Chinyamula maintained yesterday that the live concert was on and that the ‘Big Fish’ from the rainbow nation would jet in the country on Thursday.

The concert will cost people K15,000 for standard tickets and K25,000 for VIP.

The concert is part of the fifth and official launch of the 50th edition of the National Product Magazine.

There has been silence and no hype since the organisers announced the concert recently with people still doubting the event and Makhabane’s presence.

But Chinyamula insisted that the show was on without fail.

“I was in South Africa and I can assure Malawians that everything is set. What people should know is that our main event is the official launch of the 50th edition of the magazine and the concert is just spicing up this event. We have spent so much on this,” Chinyamula said.

He said that some people have been spreading rumour through the social media and other platforms that the show had failed and yet everything is in place.

Asked to send the itinerary of Makhabane for confirmation of his arrival on Thursday, Chinyamula said he would do so by the end of the day yesterday.

But as we went to press, the itinerary had not yet been sent.

During a press briefing in Blantyre recently, Makhabane’s manager, Cynthia Mathenjiwa, confirmed that the musician was coming.

According to Chinyamula the National Product Magazine was born on August 26, 2011 after a careful analysis of the needs of consumers on the market especially in showcasing products in the manufacturing industry, agriculture, transport, sports, fashion, religion and political sectors.

He indicated that the market has received their magazine very well since they started as well as given them support hence putting up a big launch spiced up by a concert featuring celebrated artists.

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