Faith Mussa’s Scandinavian tour a success – Ujeni
By Sam Banda Jnr:
Ujeni Records has described Faith Mussa’s Scandinavian tour as a triumph with the tour halfway done.
Ujeni Records Label Manager, Karstein Grønnesby, said Monday Faith has put Malawi in the limelight since he started his performances.
His first performance was in Denmark before going to Norway, where he has already held shows.
Faith is now gearing to perform at Hilmarfestivalen, one of Norway’s best-known folk music festivals, alongside artists like Bjørn Eidsvåg.
“So far, the Scandinavian tour has been a major success, with packed venues and eager audiences. I never doubted that the tour would go well, but I am amazed by how well the different audiences have responded,” Grønnesby said.Advertisement
After his participation at the International Anti- Corruption Conference (IACC) in Denmark, Grønnesby said Faith travelled to Norway by boat for Bergen International Music Festival.
Faith was reviewed by renowned music critic Einar Engelstad, who rated Mussa’s concert 5/6 and stated: “He played everything from soul ballads to catchy highlife; music that would have worked well in both rock clubs in the city and at culture centres in the villages”.
“There he talked about his music, his music career and challenges regarding corruption and freedom of speech,” he said.
The singer and guitarist, who return home on November 14, will have two performances at Hilmarfestivalen on November 8 and November 10.
In between these performances, he will travel to Oslo to present the Takula project, together with senior radio producer Sigbjørn Nedland and musician and producer Georg Buljo, at this year’s Folkelarm, the leading folk and world music industry convention in Scandinavia.
He said their seminar is title ‘Malawi Music – Inspiring a Musical Renaissance?’
“I have seen how people here have embraced Malawian music and how excited people are seeing how I use my music as an instrument for social change. My music has made significant strides because it represents my Malawian heritage, and not some dull reproduction,” Faith said.
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