Sunbird Sand Music Festival organisers have a huge task to convince Malawians of the availability of Jamaican reggae dancehall musician Glendale Goshia Gordon better known as Busy Signal following reports that there is no contractual agreement for a performance in Malawi.
The reports come barely a week after the Sunbird Sand Music Festival organisers told journalists in Blantyre that all was set for Busy Signal to perform at their festival running from October 30 to November 1 at Sunbird Livingstonia in Salima.
But a Jamaican radio Irie FM interviewed Busy Signal’s brother and manager Gayle Gordon who dismissed reports that the dancehall musician would perform in Malawi.
Gordon indicated that they do not know anything about the Malawi show but confirmed that they have a show in Zimbabwe on October 24.
Busy Signal’s manager ’s reaction came following reports from UK-based, Big Base Entertainment that Busy Signal was to perform in Malawi on October 31.
The organisers of the Sunbird Sand Music Festival led by musician Soldier real name Lucius Banda indicated that Busy Signal would perform in Zimbabwe before coming down to Malawi.
Soldier however, did not come out clear on the date when Busy Signal would perform at the festival.
He indicated that their officials made all the processes before coming out with the news.
When contacted yesterday to clear the air on the reports that there was no contractual agreement on the Malawi show, Soldier while admitting that there was a communication breakdown between the parties insisted that all is well and that Busy Signal would perform in Malawi.
“We have read the reports but Malawians should calm down, there was a communication breakdown as we had been in contact with our colleagues in Zimbabwe. We could not have just gone straight to the musician because that is difficult. But I can assure you Busy Signal is coming and this will be sorted out,” he said.
Lucius said they would not have come out to announce the news if things were not in black and white adding that they have partnered with Malawian Airlines, who will fly the artist to Malawi.
“We are safe, we have the agreement and so Malawians should not be worried at all. They should trust us,” he said.
Several Malawians vented their anger at the organisers yesterday through the social network following the reports and others offered in their suggestions that local organisers should avoid working with third parties as they will end up being embarrassed.
Soldier said they will try to work on a video where the musician should come out clear on the Malawi show.
It remains to be seen as to whether Busy Signal will perform during the festival which will bring on board several other acts.
During the just ended Lake of Stars Festival held at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi, Sunbird Sand Music Festival organisers were all over giving out posters to people which had a face of Busy Signal as the headliner.
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