Soldier sells Busy Signal show, Sand Music Fest at Premier Lodge


Musician Lucius Banda, better known as Soldier, on Saturday performed at Premier Lodge in Chileka, Blantyre during a show which spilled over to the early hours of Sunday.

The show came barely four days after the legendary musician, who is also a Member of Parliament celebrated his 46th birthday.

Unlike in the other shows where Lucius as the main headliner performs last, this time around, the musician performed first before Sam Simakweli, who is Zembani Band leader took over the stage and later Nepman closed the chapter.


Before he went straight into business, Lucius took time out to sell the Sand Music Festival which he said will take place at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi from October 28 – 30.

“Having done well last year where Busy Signal wowed people, this time around we are also bringing in four Jamaican artists Sizzla, Bushman, Turbulence and Etana. We are serious on this and all we want is your support,” Lucius said amidst cheers.

The ‘Mabala’ star further told the audience that Busy Signal was coming back for another show on September 3 at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe and that everything was in place.


“For those who missed Busy Signal’s power packed show during the festival last year this is their chance. Busy Signal is coming and he will jet into the country on September 2 before the performance on September 3. This show is also part of fundraising for the festival,” said the musician.

He called on the corporate world to support them maintaining that the Sand Music Festival was for Malawians and by Malawians.

Lucius said people should buy tickets for the Busy Signal show and Sand Music Festival through National Bank of Malawi’s Mo626.

National Bank of Malawi last week partnered Impakt Events, who are the organisers of the Sand Music Festival and Busy Signal show pumping K11. 5 million.

Coming to the show, Lucius rekindled memories of the past when he offered songs from his previous albums that kept people on the dance floor throughout.

Backed by his dancers led by Sammy Cool, his performance had the energy and the sound was good.

He ended his performance while the audience was still searching for more before leaving the stage for Sam Simakweli, who has now rebranded his name to Sam Smak.

Sam Smak, who usually plays the keyboard when Lucius is performing but turns to the guitar during his set, took the audience to another level with his romantic songs.

His set was further brightened by Zembani dancers but then it was Sam Mphande alias Atoti Too Short, who stole the show with his dancing antics which forced people to start dishing out money.

While some people left after Lucius’ performance, others remained and watched all the performances with Nepman the last act.

Nepman famed for the hit Nalero continues to blossom in his music as he dished out several songs on the night.

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