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Sunbird Festival ends on a high note

The three-day Sunbird Sand Music Festival held at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima ended on Sunday with local acts closing this year’s event.

The festival this year attracted several people from all walks of life with the biggest audience on Saturday when Jamaican musician Busy Signal, who was the headliner performed.

While the past years have seen gospel artists performing on Sunday, it was different this year as gospel artists performed on Saturday.

Several people left on Saturday soon after Busy Signal’s performance which spilled over to the early hours of Sunday while others left early on Sunday.

But although people were still talking about Busy Signal and his energetic performance which they will live to remember, others remained to finish their three-day package and appreciate local talent.

Others chose to remain to watch the performances of such locals like Joseph Nkasa and Joe Gwaladi, who according to the organisers’ programme was billed to perform.

But they were among the artists who did not make it despite that performances delayed to start on Sunday.

There was a prolonged sound check which delayed the performances and at some point there was a power cut.

But others braved all this to watch the performances with Lilongwe-based musician Lawi opening the performances.

The sound was not that crystal clear but Lawi worked his magic to belt out some of his songs including ‘Amaona Kuchedwa.’

Veteran musician Paul Banda was next and backed by Alleluya Band, he kept the audience on the dance floor with songs such as ‘Malilime,’ and no-wonder when he announced that he was done, people called for more.

But time was up and with people still chanting one more! One more! The veteran singer and guitarist was allowed to perform one more song.

With the old-timer performing more songs, Alleluya Band had no chance to perform as time was up.

The performances ended way late around past 10 with Kaka Kanthu Kalinda impressing the audience as he mimicked several other local artists in his song.

The former Zembani Band member is now performing with Skeffa Chimoto.

Kaka jumped on stage after the audience, which was low but impressive on a Sunday, had enjoyed Skeffa and The Real Sound’s vibes.

Skeffa said he was happy to perform at the festival and hailed the organisers.

“It’s wonderful to perform at this festival and I say big up to Lucius. This is a three-day festival but in most cases people only stay for two days. I hope the organisers will look into this so that people spend the full three days,” he said.

There were also performances from Sonye, Barry One, Gwamba and Third Eye.

But Lucky Stars Band led by singer and guitarist Boniface Ndamera was the toast of the day.

Backed by some Zembani Band members among them Sam Simakweli on bass guitar, Ndamera brought the roof down with his acoustic vibes.

It was however, the hit ‘Chinamfuna Mbale,’ which has stood the test of time which won the hearts of many and had to be played again by public demand.

In his speech Lucius hailed the corporate world and the media for their support during this year’s festival adding that Malawians should watch the space as they are planning to bring two top artists next year.

“Busy Signal is the beginning but I can tell you that we are not sitting back and we are working on bringing two top artists and we will tell you shortly,” he said.

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