One of the organisers of the inaugural Sand Music Gospel concert Wendy Harawa said Sunday that lives were saved through gospel music during their event at Lilongwe Golf Club on Saturday.
She said the concert, which will return for its second edition at the same venue on May 27, attracted a good audience despite being the first edition.
“People were delivered, the Holy spirit moved and, so, we achieved our goal. To the people that came, we say thank you and it is their support that made the first edition a success,” Wendy said.
She also hailed all the artists who performed at the concert, both local and international, and they included Maranatha from Namibia, who she collaborated with in her track ‘Kuhambelera’, and Levixone from Uganda, who she also featured in the track ‘Zikomo’.
There were also performances from DJ Mo from Kenya and veteran South African gospel musician Sipho Makhabane.
Makhabane made a return, having also performed at Sand Music Festival at Sunbird Nkopola last year.
“The challenge we had was low patronage but, in terms of execution, everything was perfect. But we are not worried with the turnout and what matters is the step we have made and next year we will have a good audience for sure,” Wendy said.
She also bemoaned lack of sponsorship from the corporate world.
“When you have both local and international artists, you need support and we did not get enough but we pushed despite this setback. Sand Gospel Music concert has warmed up for Sand Music Festival, which is the mother,” Wendy said.
She said, apart from reaching out to people with the word of God through music, the concert also offered a chance to artists to network and share ideas.
“We will be doing this just to learn from each other. For instance, DJ Mo is big in his art of dee-jaying in Kenya and we thought DJs would learn something on how he does it and the same with Maranatha, who has a music academy,” Wendy said.
Other artists that starred at the concert include Swazi from South Africa and Lulu and Ethel Kamwendo Banda from Malawi.