By Sam Banda Jnr:
It is summer and there are several festivals on the ground including the inaugural Music against Malaria Festival scheduled for College of Medicine Complex in Blantyre on October 26 2019.
Music against Malaria Festival, to be headlined by Karonga-based group Lusubilo Band and Lulu, would come barely three weeks after experiencing the Blantyre Arts Festival (Baf).
The festival is spearheaded by non-governmental organisation —Music against Malaria whose founders are musicians Code Sangala and Annemarie Quinn.
The two musicians have been using music to fight malaria.
Annemarie, who has several songs to her credit and is currently working on an album with some of the Malawian artists, is from the United Kingdom (UK).
The artist who is based in the country but was on holiday in UK is now back and said Wednesday Music against Malaria was happy to be bringing the Music Against Malaria Festival this year which is stemming from fundraising shows they have held, in the country.
Annemarie, who is also set to perform alongside Code, said the festival would run for a day starting at 6pm and go all the way to midnight.
According to her, Lusubilo Band and Lulu will headline the festival. The other artists on the menu are Agorosso, Waliko Makhala, Daughters Band and a Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session showcase coming from Chichiri Cultural Troupe, Eunice Kadzuwa Mhango, Wyndham Chechamba, Kasambwe Brothers, Dikamawoko Cultural Troupe, Goma Nyondo, Jacaranda Cultural Troupe, Kefasi and Felix Jere.
“All funds from the festival will be donated to Chikwawa District Hospital’s Paediatric A & E Ward. So we are calling upon people to be part of this festival,” Annemarie said.
The tickets for the festival are K15,000 advance and K20,000 on the gate with free entry for children under 15 years.
“We are so looking forward to raising money for Chikwawa District Hospital while supporting and promoting Malawi’s amazing cultural heritage,” she said.
Annemarie then hailed Toyota Malawi, Farming and Engineering Services, College of Medicine Complex and Jacaranda Cultural Centre, among others, for their support in the fight against malaria.
Lulu, who has just launched his sixth album Better in Your Arms, confirmed his participation at the festival.
“Yes, I am aware of the festival and looking forward to performing there,” the ‘Mwachenjera’ track creator said.
Lusubilo Band member, Limbani Munthali, also said last week they were ready to give it their all during the festival.
“It’s been sometime since we performed in Blantyre. We are happy to perform there and are looking forward to nothing but the best,” Munthali said.
The Karonga-based group recently stunned the audience with their performance at the Lilongwe Jazz Festival.