By Sam Banda Jnr:
South Africa’s Supa Mega star AKA closed the curtain for the inaugural Nyasa Music Festival held at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, where he performed in the early hours of Sunday.
AKA’s lively performance with a full band came barely a day after fellow South African acts, among them Busiswa and Nasty C, also had their share headlining the festival on the second day.
The organisers also announced that they had slashed tickets to K10,000 from K20,000.
Several people had complained ahead of the festival that the entry fee of K20,000 was on the higher side and this surely contributed to the low patronage during the three days.
Despite the slash down of the entry fee, the audience was still not impressive.
Musician Fredokiss had the previous day also lamented the high entry fee on stage during his set, saying many people would have loved to come out and watch their favourite artists but had been forced not to because of high entry fee.
Back to AKA, it was a long wait for the not so huge audience but a better one compared to the other two days of the festival.
People had to endure the biting cold weather to watch AKA while some could not manage to stay on but leave.
“I have waited for a long time. I came with my family but the children were tired of waiting. I think next time they need to do better on time,” Asante Tembo, said earlier.
The festival has left a mark in that it managed to bring all international artists billed to perform but it has a long way to go to improve in several areas including scheduling.
AKA was performing in the country not for the first time, he has been in Blantyre and the last time he performed was at Blantyre Sports Club.
His entry on stage, soon after hosts Blak Jak and Super DT had announced his coming, was greeted with a chorus of cheers from the audience mostly ladies.
“Wawa, wawa Blantyre. Wawa Malawi. Mulibwanji?” he said, before the audience responded “Tili bwino”.
The award winning rapper then went straight into business dishing out songs from his albums such as Touch My Blood, Be Careful What You Wish For, Levels, Altar Ego and Attention Deficit.
Most of the songs he performed were familiar to the audience no wonder they sang along throughout with AKA connecting with them well.
His last song saw AKA inviting Tay Grin to the stage to collaborate.
The artist, also could not avoid showing his dance moves during his set.
He hailed Nyasa Music Festival for the event saying the festival needs to continue and that he would always be readily available to perform.
“Thank you for the support Blantyre. Thank you for showing so much love Blantyre. I don’t take it for granted,” the rapper said.
Before AKA took to the stage, the audience had time to enjoy performances from Patience Namadingo and Faith Mussa and his Mdidi Band.
Nyasa Music Festival Director, James Makunje, maintained after the show they had tried to give people the best and were satisfied with the response.
“Next year we are back, bigger and better. We will also have other activities including the Nyasa Music Awards which will come later,” Makunje said.
On the high entry fee, Makunje, said they dug deeper to bring the six international artists.
“We made the entry fee affordable but you should also take into consideration that we brought six international artists and they all came and to us we have delivered,” he said.
Makunje also said they decided to keep the international acts a secret on their arrival and performance because they wanted people to be part of the festival.
“We wanted people to embrace the festival and not only focus on one artist. ,” he said.
After AKA’s performance, Makunje and team also conducted a raffle draw targeting those with advance tickets that saw one patron winning a Nissan Tiida.
Other artists, who performed at the festival included Prince Kay Bee and DJ Noxxy from South Africa, DJ Nathan Tunes, Kell Kay and Malinga Mafia.
Some artists did not perform at the show despite being on the menu, notably Gwamba, who was supposed to star on the last day according to the hosts’ announcement on Saturday.
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