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By Sam Banda Jnr:

GOSPEL PACKAGE—Miracle Chinga Moffat performs on Sunday

Impakt Events, organisers of Sand Music Festival which ended on Sunday, have bemoaned sponsorship challenge revealing that they run without a major sponsor this year.

Despite having support from companies such as Kwese TV, Castel Malawi and Sunbird, the organisers said the sponsorship was not enough.

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Impakt Events Director, Lucius Banda, said, much as the 2018 festival has been a success, they have done it without adequate sponsorship.

“The absence of a major sponsor financially ended up putting us in an awkward situation. I just want to call upon companies and other well- wishers as well as the government to assist us; otherwise, it is not easy,” he said.

Lucius said they fail to bring some of the popular acts people long for because their wallet does not have enough.

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“We would love to do that every year so that people can have a chance to watch some of their favourite artists but doing this requires enough money and that is where we need support from the corporate world,” he said.

Lucius said the festival has improved over the years and that it is high time companies took interest in it.

“Of course, the attendance this year was less compared to last year. But again people have got no money for luxury these days and it shows the challenges in our economy,” he said.

Lucius also said much as they had fewer people on the last day which featured gospel artists such as Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango, Miracle Chinga Moffat, Steve Spesho and Marvelous Deeds, people enjoyed the gospel vibes.

“Having had a long day on Saturday where the line-up was very long and rich, a lot of people still had the hangover of the second day performances which went all the way to the early hours of Sunday. But it was all perfect,” he said.

Lucius also said they delivered one of the best Sand Music festivals ever.

“Security of people and vehicles was on point. People went home without complaints and we only received one incident which was sorted out well, all in all we had a violence-free free festival,” the Impakt Events director said.

With two stages Booster and Pamchenga, Lucius said the organisation was on point with no boring moments.

However, the Booster Stage was given more attention compared to Pamchenga, hence receiving low patronage.

It was even worse on the last day when acts such as Galang’ombe Chipasula Project performed when there were only a few people.

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