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Sand Music Festival engages stakeholders

EARLY PREPARATIONS—Sand Music Festival organisers, traditional leaders and police interact Wednesday

Organisers of Sand Music Festival Wednesday met with some of the stakeholders to share ideas in order to executive a good event at Kambiri Beach by Serendib in Salima District.

The festival, now in its 12th edition, will this year be held at Kambiri Beach by Serendib for the first time on September 30 to October 2.

Some of the stakeholders which the organisers, led by Impakt Events Director Lucius Banda, included traditional leaders and Malawi Police Service.

Lucius said their meeting with the stakeholders underlines their seriousness to always give people the best during the festival.

“Our preparations have started and it is all about giving people the best during the festival. We have to work with traditional leaders because we hold the festival in their areas and, in most cases, we work with people in the community and then we also had to involve Malawi Police Service as regards security,” Lucius, popularly known as Soldier in the music circles, said.

He said Sand Music Festival was for the people and that they believe in working with the community and other stakeholders.

“We have just started but we have more meetings and the idea is to clear the path and make sure that, by the time we are holding the festival, everything should be in black and white. For traditional leaders, we opened up to them on the benefits of the festival to the people in the community,” Lucius said.

During the meeting, traditional leaders opened up on their needs and their fears and welcomed the festival at Kambiri Beach.

“We are excited that the festival will take place at Kambiri Beach. This is a big festival and it will surely raise the profile of our area and Kambiri. We would like to thank organisers of the festival for engaging us so that we work together as we look forward to the festival. We also expect that the festival organisers will not work alone but also involve our young people here and offer them employment,” Senior Chief Maganga said.

Maganga described Kambiri as a convenient place for such a big festival and that it has a good space to accommodate more people.

“I have been involved in a number of festivals and I know what is involved and, so, we are looking forward to it,” he said.

Last year, Sand Music Festival took place at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi District, having moved from Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima District.

Recently, the festival’s lead coordinator Nkhwachi Mhango, who was also available during the meeting, said the festival has moved from Sunbird Nkopola to Kambiri Beach this year because the venue has never hosted a major festival like Sand Music despite being a beautiful place.

Sand Music Festival has proved its strength over the years by bringing into the country several renowned international acts that have shared the stage with local acts.

Last year, the festival attracted international acts such as Jamaica’s Gramps Morgan, Nigeria’s Mr P, Uganda’s Levixone and South Africa’s Makhadzi and Sipho Makhabane.

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