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Sand Festival promises to ‘pamper’ local artists

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Sand Music Festival Director Soldier Lucius Banda has said there will be an improvement on treatment of local artists ahead of this year’s festival.

The 12th Edition of Sand Music festival will be held at Kambiri Beach Resort in Salima from September 30 to October 2.

The development comes following complaints, by local artists, by event organisers as compared to international artists.

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Lucius said they were trying to level the field in terms of treatment and that for starters, this year they will be able to pay local artists deposits before going to the festival.

“This is courtesy of the companies that have come in to assist us, which we appreciate because it is the first time that companies have come in without even checking who is the headliner.

“The way we treat international artists, local artists will be treated the same. The green room will have everything including food and drinks. These are things we want to create this time around and pamper them,” he said.

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Lucius was, however, quick to point out that at times, they have had problems with local artists’ discipline.

“We expect them to be disciplined and be treated well,” the maker of ‘Mabala’, said.

On artists’ fees, Lucius said this will be dependent on the agreement between the artist and the festival.

“We cannot talk about the fees because, every artist has own fee, even locally, artists differ but atleast we will be able to pay musicians better and in good time,” he said.

Atoht Manje, who will star at the festival, saluted the move saying it will motivate local artists to deliver.

“I just hope they will live to their words otherwise local artists are not valued most of the times by event organisers,” The ‘Zilibwino’ creator said.

Local acts that the festival has unveiled so far include Driemo, Janta, Phyzix and Dan Lu.

On Tuesday the festival unveiled Zambia’s Yo Maps as one of the international acts.

The festival which has already received support from Castel Malawi Limited, FDH Bank and Malawi Gaming Board, is this year celebrating Africa hence concentrating more on African artists.

Lucius said there will be slightly more musicians coming from Zambia and “this is responding to more clientele coming from Zambia.”

“We are slowly moving out of being a Malawian festival, it is now regional and our goal is to become a well-known African festival and we will start balancing with international artists,” he said.

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