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Sand Music Fest courts Sizzla

Sand Music Festival Director, Lucius Banda, better known as Soldier yesterday revealed that they are courting top Jamaican artist Sizzla Kalonji, real name Miguel Orlando Collins, who is set to headline the festival.

Sizzla is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and according to available information, the artist is noted for his high number of releases.

As of 2014, he had released over 70 solo albums.

Lucius said four Jamaican artists would perform at the festival this year including Sizzla with the others, namely Bushman, Turbulence and Etana.

“We are having four artists from Jamaica because Malawians love reggae although next year we are looking at America, Bushman is confirmed, Turbulence is confirmed and so is Etana. We are currently negoatiating with the headliner Sizzla and we are yet to finalise the deal,” he said.

Lucius also said they are also talking to other artists from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, adding that they want to continue from where they left off last year with Jamaica’s Busy Signal conquering.

“All we want is for people to spend the whole weekend at the lake and not only watch one performance. We want them to enjoy the festival from day one today three,” he said.

Etana, real name Shauna McKenzie, is a reggae singer from Jamaica. Her debut album The Strong One was released in June 2008.

Bushman, born Dwight Duncan, is a Jamaican reggae singer, who was raised in the Rastafari culture from a young age while Turbulence, born Sheldon Campbell, is a self-proclaimed member of the Rastafari movement.

Lucius said the festival will be held on October 28 – 30, adding that they are targeting Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi.

“Sunbird Nkopola is bigger compared to Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima where we held the event last year. Again, I said we do not want it to be a one-day encounter but rather people should be there and watch all the events,” the artist said.

He also said with Lake of Stars set to take place in September moving to Chintheche Inn in Nkhata Bay, they thought of occupying Sunbird Nkopola.

The Sand Music Festival started in 2010 at Zitherepano in Mangochi and Lucius said they started on a smaller scale but now they have grown big.

“We have kept on improving every year and all we want is for Malawians to experience the best but also give a platform to fellow artists to show their talent. There is so much effort put in organising the festival and this is why we want support from Malawians,” he said.

Lucius said with National Bank coming in, people should use Mo626 for buying tickets, adding that it is convenient in this technological world and that the money will go direct to them unlike last year when they lost revenue due to someone, who he said printed tickets which they sold at 80 percent while they only sold 20 percent.

Meanwhile in preparation for the festival, Sand Music Festival organisers will host Busy Signal once again at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on September 3.

“This is one of the fundraising drives, we want to raise funds for the festival and we are happy that Busy Signal accepted to come,” Lucius said.

He said Busy Signal will arrive in the country on September 2.

“We wanted him to come early but it could not work. Everything is set for the show and people should also pay through Mo626 as they will pay K10,000 but on the gate, it will be K12,000,” he said.

On the festival, Lucius said last year people were paying K20,000 but this year it is K25,000 and that using Mo626, people will pay K20,000.

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