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Huge turnup at Tumaini Festival

Poet Chris Msosa dishing out his poetry verses

The sixth edition of the free-of-charge Tumaini Festival took place at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa on Friday and Saturday attracting huge audiences on both days.

Saturday was the climax of the festival where several acts including an all-female band, Krazy Colours, and Danny Kalima performed.

The audience was once again treated to a feast of activities ranging from music, poetry, theatre and traditional dances which took place in different places with Elikya and Kwizera stages hosting most of the music performances.

Some performances were running almost the same time in different platforms but being a festival of exploration, people had to choose their favourite artistic activities.

All the platforms had their fair share of the audience although Elikya and Kwizera stages dominated the proceedings.

Founder of the festival, Menes la Plume, said he was happy seeing that they have made a tremendous progress since they debuted in 2013.

“Seeing it reach five years last year was great and it was a sign that the festival had grown and is here to stay. And this year hitting sixth edition is even greater,” Menes said.

He said the two days of the festival had been great attracting huge audiences and that every year the audience keeps growing.

“This is not a commercial festival; it is a festival which is for a cause and a festival that is there to promote new talent and also for discovery,” he said.

He also said that this year they added a lot of activities such as a fashion show and that they also had international acts.

“You may also have noticed that 50 percent of acts were women and so it was all about promoting equality and peaceful existence and now we are already looking at Tumaini 2020,” Menes said.

He then hailed different sponsors for the support towards the festival.

Kalima hailed Tumaini Festival for giving him a chance to perform this year.

“As artists, we had a chance to reach out to different people. The festival has helped me in lifting up my name,” he said.

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