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‘Tsika Msungwana’ star shakes Lake of Stars Festival on last day

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The Lake of Stars Festival ended on Sunday at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi with Sonye, real name Sonyezo Kandoje, shutting down the performances on the main stage.

The main stage was the only platform that remained with the performances until late while on the Malawian Airlines and Airtel Malawi stages, performances ended early.

With many people departing the place on Sunday morning, others still remained to enjoy all the performances to cater for the money they paid for the three-day package.

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Some of those who remained on Sunday wanted to sample the performance of musician of the moment Sonye, who has soared with his hit titled ‘Tsika Msungwana,’ currently enjoying airplay on most of the local radio stations, weddings and other entertainment places.

But Sonye, who announced at some point that he had quit music to concentrate on his studies only to come back with ‘Tsika Msungwana’, only performed late on in the early hours of Monday soon after the audience had sampled the performance of Botswana’s artist Zeus.

Most people were tired having missed their sleep starting on Friday and wanted to go to bed early on Sunday but with Sonye among those performing, they had no choice but to wait.

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Al though hi s songs excited the audience which was not that big compared to Friday and Saturday on the main stage, Sonye disappointed some fans as he performed with a CD.

“I have waited for him all these hours and I thought he would give us a live act but playing with a CD, I am a bit disappointed,” said Andrew Kachepa.

His entry even lacked the punch as it indicated that he did not have enough in terms of training.

“I am happy to perform at the Lake of Stars and I am happy with the support which I have received. ‘Tsika Msungwana,’ is a hit at the moment. I will keep on working hard to produce good music for the people. For now all I can say is I will be targeting performing in festivals.

“As for performing live, I had little time to put together a band but I am looking into all that,” said Sonye.

He said he came up with the song just to appreciate the beauty of an African woman and that he was also talking about the richness of traditional dances citing Manganje, which he fused in the song.

Before Sonye, former Botswana Big Brother Africa representative Zeus, who collaborated with the country’s former representative in the reality show, Lomwe in the song ‘Double Wowza,’ also impressed with his hip-hop performance.

Zeus said he was happy to perform in the country since his first visit in 2012.

“To perform at Lake of Stars is every artist’s dream so I am happy to have performed here and I am looking to grow my music brand. I am also happy that I performed late but people were still there to give us support,” he said.

The performances on Sunday started off on the Malawian Airlines stage where people sampled the acts of Tilinanu Children’s Choir, Adrian Kwelepeta, Arne and Andreas, Marlyn Chakwera and Daughters Band.

On the Airtel Beach stage which was the best during the festival in terms of sound featured Michael Mountain, Jacaranda Dancers and Floor Steppers, Sam Mkandawire, EJ Von Lyrik and BFAKE, Rainmaker, Fumbi Jazz Band, Patrick Simakweli, Dikamawoko Dance and Drumming Troupe, Muhanya and the Dikamawoko Band and DJ Rich.

Apart from Sonye and Zeus, the main stage whose equipment was supported by Mibawa, featured The Moods Malawi, George Kalukusha, Third Eye and Krazie G and Sally Nyundo.

There were also performances from Takula Band, which is a group that was hatched through the digitisation of old music at Malawi Broadcasting Station (MBC) supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy with an aim of preserving old music.

The band made up of Chakwera, Peter Mawanga, Omex Chimpeni, Faith Mussa and Mkandawire and its producer is Sigbjorn Nedland, offered rich mature sound.

Lake of Stars Festival has maintained its standards when it comes to holding violence-free festivals and it was the same this year although there was a fracas involving some foreign nationals on the last day but it was well handled by the security detail.

“I have enjoyed the whole festival. All I can ask the organisers is, let them scrutinize artists when they are inviting them for festivals. The’re artists who are always performing at the festival and yet they have been dormant. They need to be serious on this,” said Lucky Tembo.

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