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Joeboy, Shekhinah in Thursday

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Organisers of the inaugural Lilongwe Music Festival (LiFest) have said they are 100 percent ready for the event that runs from Friday through to Saturday at Lilongwe Golf Club.

LiFest Project Coordinator Maya Kalumo said Tuesday that international acts arrive in the country Thursday and Friday.

Kalumo said Nigerian singer Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa- Donus, better known as Joeboy, and South African singer and songwriter Shekhinah jet in Thursday while Jamaica’s reggae dancehall musician Chris Martin arrives on Friday.

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These artists will star alongside the country’s musicians including reggae group Black Missionaries, Tay Grin and Patience Namadingo.

“We are good to go and everything is coming out nice. We are so excited to have this festival. LiFest was created out of an idea of tackling the issue of mental health, have dialogue on mental health and open up and at the same time tackle the issue of gender based violence (GBV),” Kalumo said.

He said people would be wowed with the festival as they strive to reach out to people on the problems of mental health and GBV.

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“Apart from the performances, we will also have booths; for instance, we have partnered Caring Hands on mental health, “Kalumo said.

Recently, the festival announced that it had partnered Sunbird Tourism plc, which is set to provide accommodation to some local and international artists who will perform during the festival.

Renowned artist Rina, said art is not only for entertainment but is also an important vehicle for addressing various issues affecting the society including mental health and GBV.

“These issues need to be tackled because people are killing themselves out there and one way of tackling that is using creativity,” she said.

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