From the country’s capital city Lilongwe, little known Madalitso Band, the duo of Yobu Maligwa and Yosefe Kalekeni will represent Malawi and Africa at the third online festival known as Intercity Live.
Organisers said the festival defiantly breaks borders and distances and that this time the festival will travel the farthest corners of the globe, the world’s virtual railway connection to connect hearts and continents.
The festival will run live online and that in addition to the traditional stream from Ukrainian cities, against the fundamental laws of physics, somewhere between the city of Khmelnitsky and the city of Lviv – they will get some stop to smoke in New York, United States of America.
Then after that, they will fly to New Zealand, Uruguay, India, Malawi representing Africa, Barcelona, Georgia and Antarctica.
“16 cities, seven continents, 30 participants, eight local organisations from eight Ukrainian cities. The train leaves on 20th June at 2pm. The trip will last until 2am June 21st,” reads the statement from organisers.
The organisers said in addition to live music from Ukrainian and foreign artists, they will also have on board on their transcontinental city a digital theatre, algorithmic music, audiovisual performances and a separate slot for the performance of the neutral network.
The broadcast of the festival will take place on YouTube channel of popular Ukrainian show Television Toronto.
In Europe some of the acts performing include Batacat from Barcelona in Spain.
Emmanuel Kamwenje, one of the managers for Madalitso Band, said yesterday they were excited to represent Malawi and Africa at the festival.
With Madalitso Band missing out on international tours this year due to Covid-19 pandemic, Kamwenje, said the festival will give the group the limelight.
Co-manager of the group Neil Nayar, said they were looking forward to the festival adding that they would be the first band to perform on the line up.
“It’s quite exciting for Madalitso Band to be involved in this festival. It’s a festival where bands from Ukraine will be performing live but for international acts, we will record our performances and then send. It is all because of Covid-19 pandemic which has affected the creative industry as well,” Nayar said.
Meanwhile, Nayar has said they are set to release a single in two weeks time, a collaboration with a Ukrainian group.
“I just got a call from one of the members of the group in Ukraine, who has been playing one of Madalitso Band’s songs in the club. He contacted me asking if we could do a collabo. So Madalitso did two songs and then they selected one titled ‘Sitimamenya’, a reggae song,” he said.
Nayar said the group has since added violins and other elements to the song which is ready.
“So, you can see the connection with Ukraine, that is how we have been involved including being part of the festival. In these times of Covid -19 pandemic we are happy that we are still active and being involved in such projects,” Nayar, who is also a musician, said.
He said the single will be out in two weeks time and that this is the first track for Madalitso Band this year.
“More singles will be coming out this year. Three to four singles will be ready this year so people should watch the space,” Nayar said.