Turbulence jets in for Malawi Yard1 Festival


Jamaican reggae artist Turbulence, born Sheldon Campbell, jetted into the country on Tuesday through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.

The artist is the headliner for the Malawi Yard 1 Festival to be held at Glalle Gardens in Lilongwe on Saturday.

This is the second time for the Jamaican musician to perform in the country, having had a stint at the Sand Music Festival in 2016.


“I am looking forward to great vibes with a full set band. Malawi is a great country and the visit in 2016 was my highlight. I just want to call upon people to come in large numbers and be entertained and blessed,” Turbulence said.

The self-proclaimed member of the Rastafari movement, who was discovered in 1999 by Philip Fatis Burrell, has released a number of albums including I Believe, United, Notorious – The Album, Songs of Solomon, Triumphantly, Join Us and Hail The King and was featured in an episode of the BBC documentary series Storyville.

Known for his song ‘Blood Dem Out’, which was featured on a highly profiled freestyle ski movie called Show and Prove, Turbulence said Malawi has talented artists.


“I am rehearsing with Tuff Lion Band and there are talented musicians. I hope to collaborate with some of them,” he said Wednesday.

One of the members of the organising team, Salim Natoo from Young Generations, said they were excited to have Turbulence.

“We call upon people to patronise this festival. We have so many artists on the bill,” he said.

Other members of the organising team are Blasto and Richard Chisala.

Blasto said Wednesday people should expect an electric festival with strictly reggae and dancehall on the plate.

“This is just the beginning of more things to come; we will be holding this festival every year and, if all goes according to plan, twice a year. We are also looking at having a headliner from Jamaica every festival,” the dancehall artist said.

Apart from Blasto, Turbulence will share the stage with Tydal Kamau from South Africa, who is set to jet in tomorrow, as well as Don Franco from South Africa, who is also expected to arrive tomorrow.

The others are Don Tarz, Malinga Mafia, Trumel, Queen Fyah, Tadala, Simple, Soul Raiders and Jah Rhyno.

The show, to be hosted by Spyda Dy Ryda, will see all the artists backed by Tuff Lions Band.

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