By Sam Banda Jnr:
Having made more international travels last year, musician Faith Mussa readies for more international outings starting off with a trip to the Netherlands and then Sauti za Busara Festival in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Faith, who ended 2018 on a high launching his second album Mdidi in Blantyre, which pulled an impressive audience, leaves the country this Sunday for the Netherlands.
He said yesterday he has been preparing for the trip and is ready to represent Malawi.
“I am performing in Netherlands on February 5 and 6. Apart from performances, I will hold a presentation on music and access to justice. I will have time to share my story on how I have used music in law, and related areas,” the singer and guitarist, said.
In the Netherlands, Faith will be meeting young innovators from all over the world and share knowledge on how they have used their art in various disciplines such as dance, visual arts and music.
“This is important for me as a musician and lawyer considering that music is a strong tool that can be used to disseminating serious messages to huge masses easily,” he said.
From the Netherlands, the youthful musician will fly to Zanzibar for Sauti za Busara Festival.
“I am looking forward to another good experience at this festival. It is my first time there, first time in Zanzibar—so I am excited. Malawi will be well represented,” he said.
Last year, Ernest Ikwanga, who is now based in Switzerland, and Mbanaye from Lilongwe represented the country.
According to the organisers, Sauti za Busara Festival brings people together to celebrate African music under African skies.
The 16th edition will take place in Stone Town, Zanzibar from February 7to 10 2019.
The organisers have also indicated that there will be over 400 musicians with 44 shows over four days and nights.
In 2017, little known Madalitso Band, the duo of Yobu Maligwa and Yosefe Kalekeni, also starred at the festival where their performance captured the attention of European promoters.
Faith is the only Malawian act performing at the festival, which will also bring on board, among others, Mokoomba from Zimbabwe and Afrigo Band from Uganda.
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