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Weekend of Baf, Mulhakho Wa Alhomwe

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Blantyre Arts Festival (Baf) and Mulhakho wa Alhomwe Cultural Festival will take place this weekend at Njamba Freedom Park and Chonde Headquarters in Mulanje, respectively.

Baf was launched Thursday at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre with a street carnival set to take place this morning from Old Town to Njamba Freedom Park.

“We call upon people to join us during the street carnival which will show some of the performances that we will have during this year’s festival,” Bad Executive Director Thom Chibambo said.

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He said the street carnival acts as a warm up to the festival.

The two-day festival, which is free-of-charge, starts Saturday and ends on Sunday and some of the artists performing over the two days include Black Missionaries, Agorosso, Lulu, Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Skeffa Chimoto and a group from Hannover in Germany.

“This year our theme is focusing on climate change and we are happy that several players have joined us as we tackle the issue of climate change. Artists are affected by climate, hence having this as our theme,” Chibambo said.

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With Baf giving people a treat in Blantyre, at Chonde Headquarters in Mulanje, people will have time to enjoy food and traditional dances, among others, during Mulhakho Wa Alhomwe Cultural Festival.

One of the top members of the organising team Pius Mvenya Jr, said Thursday all was set for the festival.

Apart from traditional dances, people will also be treated to reggae vibes by Black Missionaries which will star at the cultural festival barely a day after performing at Baf.

The reggae group will be busy this weekend as it will also perform at other shows.

“Everything is ready. This is a platform where people get to enjoy food, traditional dances and other activities. We call upon everyone to come and be part of the festival,” Mvenya Jr said.

He said the cultural festival is this year advocating for unity among people and that the platform is also there to promote and preserve culture.

Mulhakho wa Alhomwe comes in this weekend after the country has also experienced other cultural festivals such Umthetho, Kulamba and Umhlangano Wa Maseko.

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