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Lilongwe Jazz Fest holds one, fails the other

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Lilongwe Jazz Festival failed to hold its first online show on Friday due to technical challenges but managed to hold the show on Saturday.

Organisers of the annual festival which takes place at Lilongwe Golf Club, had announced that it would hold a two-day mini festival featuring three artists namely – Gresham Mokwena, Desire Manda and TJ but it only managed one.

Despite missing out on the Friday show, organisers rewarded jazz lovers and music lovers with a good show on Saturday which attracted positive comments from fans all over the world on their Facebook page.

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“We are happy to have succeeded in giving people performances of three artists during this time of Covid-19 pandemic. We didn’t want to completely cancel the festival hence coming out with this mini show,” one of the members of the organising team Khonjwa Ngwira said.

He said the show on Saturday had given them a platform to interact with the people and also at the same time offer entertainment during this period.

The three acts, all from Blantyre offered the best of performances from their homes and won the hearts of many.

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Mokwena proved his greatness in his performance and he continued from where he left off last year having also performed at the festival.

Featuring among others, Amos Mlolowa on drums and Chambota Chirwa on bass, he dropped a number of jazz pieces.

“I am happy I was part of it. We prepared well,” Mokwena, who a pianist and producer, said.

Veteran musician Owen Mbilizi, who is also part of the Lilongwe Jazz Festival family described Mokwena and team as phenomenal musicians.

TJ who also performed at the festival last year also earned much praise from people and so too, Manda, who was starring for the festival for the first time.

“We will come bigger and better next year. We hope next year it will be well and Covid-19 pandemic will have gone. This year it’s been difficult with the pandemic,” Ngwira said.

With the pandemic, several events have been cancelled this year including Blantyre Arts and Nkhotakota Music festivals as well as other annual cultural events such as Kulamba.

The festival partnered with Art Malawi which saw artists such as Nixon Malamulo and Andrew Missi produced artworks for some musicians which are being sold online through the festivals platform.

Last year the festival features artists such as Mokwena, Rick Deja, Peter Mawanga, Lulu, Rudo Chakwera and Erik Paliani.

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