Faith Mussa sweats over Ufulu Festival
By Sam Banda Jnr:
Faith Mussa is one of the headliners at this year’s Ufulu Festival to be held at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe Saturday.
However, the artist, who is in South Africa— where he is collaborating with Benjamin Dube for his live DVD, whose concert will be held next week Friday in the Rainbow Nation— was still sweating over his availability for the festival as of Thursday.
“The organisers have bought me an air ticket to come and then return to South Africa after the festival but there is a small problem. My passport is not yet back from the Canadian Visa Agency here in South Africa; so, it is a challenge,” Faith said.
He said, after organisers of the festival failed to be held on July 6, a number of things got messed up.
“I was applying for Canadian visa ahead of my performance at Osheaga Music Festival and, so, biometrics are done in South Africa and not Malawi. The passport has taken longer than expected and, so, I am just crossing my fingers now hoping that it will come out before Saturday (tomorrow),” Faith said.Advertisement
The artist has a busy schedule as, after his collaboration with Dube, he is expected to perform in Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom next month.
UfuluFestival i sspearheaded by Flood Church.
One of the event managers and lead pastor at Flood Church,Yamikani Kalizang’oma, said they were praying that Faith should make it to the festival.
“Our failure to hold the festival on July 6 has affected Faith Mussa and host Joy Nathu but we are hoping they will all make it. Other than that, all the artists are available and everything is intact,” Kalizang’oma said.
In its official press statement last week, Flood Church says they postponed the festival from July 6 to another date due to circumstances outside of their control as they wanted to safeguard lives of attendees.
Some of the artists set to star at the festival include Kelvin Sings, Suffix, Shammah Vocals, Kim of Diamonds, Sangie, Code Sangala and The Tribe, Danny Kalima, Robert Music and Chipasula Project.
Apart from live music performances, the festival is set to bring other activities including aerobics as well as a kid’s programme called Ufulu kids, which will feature performances, games and a colour run.
The festival last month received a sponsorship package of K2 million from FDH Bank.
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