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Nyasa Awards, Fest to return next year

FLASHBACK—Master KG performs at Sand Music Festival in Salima last year

Organisers of Nyasa Music Awards and Festival—Nyasa Music Group—have said the two events were intact despite not holding them for close to two years now.

Nyasa Music Group Director James Makunje said Wednesday that the festival and awards shows would be back in 2022.

“I can confirm this. We will have the two events without fail next year,” Makunje said.

Ahead of the two events which have brought into the country international acts such as South Africa’s Busiswa and AKA, Makunje said they were bringing Master KG of the ‘Jerusalem’ fame to give people an early Christmas treat.

Having performed at Sand Music Festival last year, when he shared the stage with Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, Master will perform again in the country on December 4 at Mingle Complex in Lilongwe.

“We are having Master KG to welcome the festive spirit that comes with the month of December. It’s been a tough year for most of us and we really need something to make us dance and make us forget our worries just for a moment,” Makunje said.

He said with Master KG having the smash hit that literally brought the whole world together with the ‘Jerusalema’ challenge during the peak of lockdown and Covid, they figured this would be a great artist to bring to such an event.

Nyasa Music Group seems to be in good connection with South African creatives as it has brought a number of them into the country including Zahara, Heavy K, Distruction Boyz and Semi Tee.

“This is not to say we do not value local acts; we do but, at times, you have to bring artists from outside just to have something different. Malawi loves international sound and it is good to occasionally bring in these acts to come and treat people to a good time,” Makunje said.

He said it was also high time the country started supporting “our artists” to perform in international platforms.

Some of the local acts spicing up the event include Piksy, Don Tarz and Toast.

On the love for South African acts, Makunje said he has spent more time in South Africa.

“I have always wanted to fuse the countries by getting our local artists to interact with international artists that come to Malawi and this is what we are doing by bringing different artists,” he said.

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