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Gramps conquers Sand Music Festival

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Jamaican singer and songwriter Gramps Morgan of the Grammy-award winning group Morgan Heritage delivered a power-packed performance at Sand Music Festival at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi District.

Revellers described his delivery, albeit a late show up on stage, as faultless and erased all the disappointments that people had.

Having sampled his short performance during sound-check on the Wambali stage on Saturday afternoon, the audience expected that they will have the husky-voiced Gramps on time. Alas! they waited until the wee hours of Sunday.

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Gramps was to come on stage at around 3:30 am on Sunday and he went straight to business proving he was a top-notch musician.

“Greetings Malawi, thank you for waiting for me,” Gramps bellowed as he dishes out the track ‘Time’.

The musician—musing that he has waited for seven years to get to Sand Music Festival—further dished out several songs including ‘People Like You’ from his latest album Positive Vibrations.

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Between his performances, which he described as Gramps experience, the artist— who had stints in the country in 2015 and 2016 with Morgan Heritage— spoke highly of his new album.

“Make sure you get the latest album Positive Vibration, this is an album that brings the message of comfort and hope. We have gone through a lot but God will take us through,” he said.

Gramps also told the audience that Malawi was his second home and he was now ‘part’ of the Sand Music Festival hence he wants to be attending every year.

Performing live with a band that had two members from Malawi— Young Chitika on lead guitar and Jew of Mingoli Band on second keys— Gramps dished out close to 15 songs.

Black Missionaries also had a fine moment as they took over from Gramps performing for close to two hours.

Before Gramps took to the stage, Nigeria’s Mr P performed backed by the country’s DJ 10 Bar and in his routine that last for close to an hour reminded people of P Square’s exploits with songs such as ‘Alingo’ and ‘No one Like You’.

“Malawi you must support your own. We are where we are because Nigeria supported us”, Mr P—who has been in music for 25 years now—said.

He invited Lulu and Dan Lu, who also starred on the night, on stage and asked the audience to cheer them on to show love.

Other performances on the Wambali stage hosted by DJ Maya, Super DT and Annie Matumbi, who came in Malawi Defence Force uniform, included Leslie, Eunice Kadzuwa Mhango and Kwathu Banda and Don Tarz, who excited the audience and Germany’s Raphael Loopro.

There were also performances on the Standard Bank stage by Keturah and poetry from Sylvester Kalizang’oma.

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