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Sand Festival starts Friday

WELCOME —Mr P (in cap) with his team at Kamuzu International Airport Thursday

The long awaited Sand Music Festival which is in its 11th edition starts Friday and ends on Sunday at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi District.

The festival to be officially opened by Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife today will see performances from over 50 local acts, who will share the stage with international artists over the three days.

Jamaican singer Gramps Morgan alongside Ugandan gospel musician Levixone were the first international acts to arrive on Tuesday before the arrivals of veteran South African gospel musician Sipho Big Fish Makhabane on Wednesday and Germany’s Raphael Loopro.

Nigerian musician Mr P jetted in the country Thursday.

Mr P was expected to headline the festival on the first day but Sand Music Festival Director Lucius Banda wrote on his Facebook page that due to public demand, the Nigerian musician will perform Saturday.

“I am excited to be here and looking forward to giving people the best treat,” Mr P, who performed in the country sometime back with P Square, said on arrival.

Sand Music Festival Artist Liaison Manager Wendy Harawa, who will also perform on the Wambali stage on Sunday sharing the stage with Makhabane, Levixone, Lucius, Billy Kaunda and Great Angels Choir among others, said they were happy that Mr P was here.

“People should come because it will be an experience. There is so much on the menu and having artists such as Mr P, Gramps, Levixone, Sipho and others is great,” Wendy said.

Another South African singer Makhadzi was expected to arrive yesterday but her itinerary was shifted to today.

She arrives through Chileka International Airport in Blantyre before her performance at midnight on the main stage which has been named Wambali in honour of legendary musician Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire, who died of Covid early this year.

Apart from Wambali stage which will also host performances of Gramps at midnight tomorrow and Levixone and Makhabane on Sunday respectively, the festival also has the Standard Bank stage.

Other acts performing at the festival include Waliko Makhala and Jalawe Band, Princess Chitsulo, Black Missionaries, Anthony Makondetsa, Marlyn Chakwera, Inno Mwana Wa Igwe, Kell Kay, Edgar ndi Davis, Sam Smack, Nepman, Piksy, Saint, Skeffa Chimoto, DJ Mighty Virus, Yvonne the Lioness from Uganda and Lulu.

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