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Master KG, Diamond perform despite glitches

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Wendy Harawa

South Africa’s Master KG and Tanzania’s Diamond performed on the last day of the 10th anniversary of Sand Music Festival held at Sunbird Livingstonia.

The two international acts failed to perform on Saturday due to a heavy rains that brought the performances to a halt on the second day of the festival.

Having endured disappointments of the first day where speakers got blown off due to effects of power from the generator followed disruption from heavy rains the audience got a smile on their faces back with Master KG and Diamond performances.

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Although the acts came late, the audiences’ patience paid off as they were rewarded with impressive performances.

Sand Music Festival dedicates Sunday for gospel vibes and so, gospel artists had their share too although their performances came late due to changes made to the line-up.

Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture Michael Usi, who officially opened the festival on Friday was part of the audience that waited patiently to sample Diamond and Master KG’s acts.

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Master KG’s performance together with his dancers, was electric.

This was Master KG’s debut performance at the festival and this time around he came with a catalogue of songs compared to his first visit at Lilongwe Golf Club where he shared the stage with Zimbabwe’s Ammara Brown.

This time around it was not only ‘Skeleton Move’ that capitalised the people but a few numbers with the anthem of the moment ‘Jerusalema’ dominating the proceedings a

Master KG said during a press briefing after his performance that he was happy to perform in the country once again.

“The previous visit was when ‘Skeleton Move’ was at the peak and coming back to see the same support is always good,” he said.

“To be honest, I was looking forward to yesterday (Saturday) but then the rains, its nature you can’t control it. We just had to go and give love to the people, they waited for us because they had love and I really appreciate,” Master KG, who had a meet and mingle in Lilongwe late on Sunday, said.

On sound, the artist said it was not what he expected.

“I wanted to play first before I can perform but the way it was I just went straight to performing,” Master KG said.

The South African artist left the country Monday morning.

Having enjoyed a close to an hour performance by Master KG, Diamond, real name Nasibu Abdul Juma ,took over and continued from where the South African artist had left.

Just like his 2016 outing, Diamond did not disappoint as he offered his best from singing to dancing to interacting with the audience and his whole set was also cemented by his dancers.

Most of the songs that the Bongo Flava and Afro pop musician dished out were familiar to the audience including ‘Baba Lao’, ‘Tetema’, ‘African Beauty’, ‘Nana’ and ‘Kidogo’.

“Sand Music Festival is one of the best festivals in the world. I love performing here. Malawi and Tanzania are one,” he said.

Diamond won the hearts of the people during the show who went on to chant ‘Simba! Simba!

Impakt Events Operations Manager Wendy Harawa, said they worked hard to bring the two artists and that they were happy that they made it to the festival and entertain people.

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