One half of the disbanded Nigeria’s popular musical heavyweight P Square, Peter Okoye, better known as Mr P, will star at this year’s Sand Music Festival to be held at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi District from October 1 to 3.
Organisers announced this Thursday during a press conference held at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre.
Lead Coordinator Nkhwachi Mhango said they have adopted a new format which will see a headliner for the first day, second and third day.
“We want people to enjoy the festival to the fullest for the three days and we do not want them to attach it to a particular artist. So we have a headliner for Friday, which is Mr P, formerly of P Square,” Mhango said.
He said they will also hold press conferences to reveal headliners for Saturday and Sunday which accommodates gospel artists. He also said they will soon be releasing a line-up of other acts.
The move to announce the first headliner also comes after people questioned them after they posted ticket fees of K35,000 for early bird and K30,000 without a line-up.
“We always value people’s views because this is their festival. We are a big festival because of them and we have always taken criticism and improved,” he said.
Mhango said they have already sealed the deal with Mr P and that they decided to announce his since the contract allows them to do so.
He said that one of the members Wendy Harawa was currently in Nigeria finalising all the processes with Mr P.
Mr P, a singer, songwriter, dancer and record producer, who released his debut album titled The Prodigal, will be performing in the country as a solo artist for the first time but he has been in Malawi before as P Square with his brother Paul Okoye (Rubeboy) and had a stint performing at Lilongwe Golf Club in 2013.