Sand Music Fest sets dates


With the government yet to loosen up on the restrictions on the spread of Covid-19 pandemic including a ban on gatherings, organisers of Sand Music Festival have announced dates for this year’s event.

The festival spearheaded by Impakt Events, will be held at a venue to be announced in Salima District on October 30 to November 1.

However, Operations Director Johnny Zembani Banda, who is son to renowned musician Lucius, said they were praying that by that time, the situation as regards Covid-19 pandemic will have normalised.


“We have seen the cases have gone down and so, we are also assuming that by that time, the government will have revisited the conditions,” Johnny said.

A poster has been flying on social media indicating that the festival will be held at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima.

This is not the only event to have set a date as other event organisers including Summer Ship Cruise which have also set up dates for their events in October and November.


But Johnny, said they were yet to announce the venue.

“We are not confirming the venue for now and this will actually depend on owners,” he said.

Johnny said they asked people through social media using his father’s Facebook page for their views of which most people indicated that they wanted the festival.

“The reaction was overwhelming, people called for the festival and others indicated that we need to accept to live with the pandemic while following the necessary precautionary measures. Let me emphasise again that we are assuming that God will help us by that time that the situation will be okay,” he said.

Several festivals and other events have been cancelled this year due to the pandemic.

Lucius, who is also Special Advisor to President Lazarus Chakwera on Youth and Arts, could not be drawn to comment on the issue referring The Daily Times to his son.

“For now, I would rather you talk to my son, who can shed more light on the festival,” he said.

Some quarters have since cautioned event organisers to tread carefully when holding shows saying despite the number of cases going down, there was need to do things cautiously.

On the timeframe as to whether they will manage to put together a festival and also attract both local and international acts, Johnny, said most artists were not busy now.

“We will not have problems getting, both local and international artists. For us, we are ready but what will determine everything will be the loosening of conditions by the government and also praying that by that time everything should be okay,” Johnny said.

Last year Sand Music Festival was held at Kabumba Hotel in Salima and this year if the event will be successful it will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Sand Music Festival is one of the top five festivals in the country alongside Lake of Stars and Blantyre Arts which will not be taking place this year.

The other festival which still hangs in the balance is Tumaini which takes place at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa in November.

Founder Menes la Plume, said recently that they were still monitoring the situation.

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