By Emmanuel Simpokolwe:
The inaugural Lilongwe Music Festival (LiFest) held at Lilongwe Golf Club started on a good note on the first day, with artists including South Africa’s Shekhinah and Nigeria’s Joeboy putting up impressive performances that kept the audience on the dancefloor.
The country’s artists also did not disappoint, with the likes of Faith Mussa and Mdidi Band giving it their best shot.
There was a deafening sound from the audience, mostly dominated by females, when the master of ceremonies invited Shekhinah to the stage.
And just as she had promised on arrival on Thursday that she would not disappoint, Shekhinah, real name Shekhinah Thandi Donnell, proved her worth and offered the best of her songs and interacted with the people well.
Famed for songs such as ‘Please Mr’ and ‘Different’, the singer and songwriter released her second album Trouble in Paradise in May this year.
Shekhinah paved way for Joeboy, who continued from where the South African singer had left off.
The Nigerian singer, with songs such as ‘Alcohol’ and ‘Nobody’ to his profile, also upped his game and, for most of the songs he dished, people sang along.
The festival ended in the early hours of yesterday with Jamaica’s Chris Martin and Black Missionaries among the performers on the second day.
Other acts who performed on the second day include Kell Kay, Patience Namadingo and Tay Grin.
One of the people who patronised the festival on the first day, Chisomo Kankhani, said he enjoyed the performances.
“It’s been some time since I watched such performances. I enjoyed every moment and I hope the organisers sustain this festival. It’s been hard with Covid and we have taken off some stress,” Kankhani said.
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