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The long awaited Sand Music Festival kicks off today through to Sunday at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima with award winning Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz set to perform on Saturday.

The festival now in its sixth year will be looking at nothing but the best once again having raised the bar last year with Jamaican artist Busy Signal conquering.

Sand Music Festival is coming after the country has already experienced other festivals recently namely Lake of Stars which was held at Chintheche Inn in Nkhata Bay from September 30 to October 2 and Likoma Festival from October 14 to October 17.

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Sand Music Director Lucius Banda, better known as Soldier, said yesterday that this is a festival organised by Malawians for Malawians.

“Everything is set; it’s a festival which has now gained experience. We have a lot of activities including beach soccer and boxing and for three days people are in for a treat. Let me also say it here that this is not a day festival, we want people to experience the best from day one Friday three,” Lucius said.

He hailed the corporate world and the government for their support.

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“We have a proper line up and programme, tickets are selling and we urge people to go buy the original tickets and not the fake ones. We have different places where they can get tickets or they can use National Bank’s Mo626 or TNM’s Mpamba,” Lucius said.

He said that they were happy to have Diamond as one of the international acts this year having raised the bar with Busy Signal last year.

Diamond real name Naseeb Abdul Juma needs to dig deeper to show what he can do on stage especially live performance.

The Bongo Flava artist best known for the hit Number One, has collaborated with several well known artists and prides in winning numerous international awards.

This will be the first time for the artist to perform in the country and said on his Twitter page that he is ready for the showdown in Malawi.

Jamaica’s Turbulence born Sheldon Campbell is another artist performing at the festival this year.

The other international acts billed to perform this year are Zambia’s Organised Family and General Kanene who were expected to jet in on Tuesday and Wednesday and South Africa’s Zinhle Ngidi, a member of Trademark famed for the hit Shumaya, who was expected to arrive on Thursday.

Some of the local artists performing are Black Missionaries, Soul Raiders, The Great Angels Choir, Tay Grin, Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Lulu, Nepman, Dan Lufani, Lambanie Dube, Sally Nyundo, Alleluya Band, Edgar ndi Davis and Giddes Chalamanda.

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