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Jamaican musician Gramps Morgan has assured music lovers attending Sand Music Festival set for Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi District from October 1 to 3 that he will be performing with a full band and not a CD.

Gramps returns to the country for the third time, having had two encounters in 2015 and 2016 with Morgan Heritage at Silver and Civo Stadiums in Lilongwe courtesy of Born Afrikan Productions.

The performance in 2015 at Silver Stadium saw them performing with a CD, which disappointed fans, before making a return in 2016 at Civo Stadium, where they made amends and conquered.

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“It’s full band and no CD performance. Once again, I am coming to give people the Gramps Morgan experience,” the husky voice musician, said.

This will be the first time; for Gramps to perform at Sand Music Festival which this year is in its 11th edition.

Gramps will be adding his name to a number of Jamaican artists, who have starred at the festival and they include Busy Signal and Kenyatta Hill, who stunned fans with their performances. With Busy Signal and Kenyatta conquering, does Gramps feel any pressure to do well?

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“I never feel any pressure and when I take the stage, it’s always me looking to connect with the people and minister through my music,” he said.

Gramps described his return to the country as an incredible feeling, especially during these times “when I know that we are all going through the same thing”.

“I feel a sense of responsibility to uplift the people. I am also looking forward to see the beautiful lake where I got to spend a little bit of time but it wasn’t long enough,” he said. But why did he accept to come back to Malawi for the third time?

“It has always been a topic of discussion ever since the last time I was in Malawi because of the fact that some of my solo songs are well known in Malawi,” Gramps said.

He said he has heard about Sand Music Festival and that he was excited to be welcomed and perform at this top stage.

“It didn’t work a few years ago and then we have the pandemic and now is the perfect time for me to come share my songs and give the people the Gramps Morgan experience,” Gramps said.

The artist, who will be headlining the festival on the second day, did not rule out a chance of collaborating with the country’s artists “as long as the right opportunity presents itself”.

“Music is a very spiritual and divine thing and, the way the universe works, anything can happen. I always look forward to collaborating with artists especially from Africa. The track record is there where we have collaborated with many artists across the continent so Malawi is no different,” he said.

Gramps said he is praying that Sand Music Festival continues to grow with great potential and be one of the premier festivals in Africa.

Having produced a number of solo songs which have inspired many people including ‘People Like You’, Gramps said the inspiration to produce such songs comes from what he sees and experience.

“The inspiration comes from what I observe, what I discuss with friends and family. In the Bible, it always talks about singers and players of instruments, so we have a responsibility to society to keep them uplifted and bring them hope through the message in music. I always like to keep it positive and that is why I called my new solo album Positive Vibration because this is what the world needs right now,” he said.

He then took time out to give advice to up and coming artists to keep on doing the best in what they do.

“One of the greatest advices I can give to musicians in Malawi is never give up on your dream but it is very important to also know your calling. Everyone cannot be a musician or a singer, you have to know your true purpose in life and once you discover that, never stop studying, never stop practising and last but not least, don’t listen to your own music too much.

“I plan to give my best, to sing from my heart and share my gift that God has blessed me with,” Gramps said.

Gramps will share the stage with other international acts such as South Africa’s Makhadzi and Sipho Makhabane and Nigeria’s Mr P.

Sand Music Festival Director Soldier Lucius Banda said recently that they were happy to have Gramps Morgan as one of the international headliners.

The highly celebrated Gramps whose strength also lies in his powerful voice is a singer, instrumentalist, producer, record executive and entrepreneur.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised partially in Springfield, Massachusetts, the ‘Wash the Tears’ maker is the son of well-known reggae artist Denroy Morgan.

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