Gospel singer Wendy Harawa will perform live backed by a Ugandan band at the One Africa Music Festival in Dubai.
Wendy has since left the country for Uganda where she is currently rehearsing with the band before flying to Dubai in three to four days.
Asked why she is using a Ugandan band instead of a band from home, Wendy said: “My contract is of paying flights for three people. I was supposed to do playback but considering the caliber of the festival, I wanted to give the best for Malawi hence settling for live.”
She said her contract and that of Ugandan musician Levixone, who she has collaborated with lately releasing the track ‘Zikoma,’ are similar in the sense of flights.
“So we decided to use the six tickets for one band and use one band to play for us and in this case it is more reasonable to use a band from Uganda than Malawi,” Wendy said.
She said she flew to Uganda early to rehearse with the band and jell.
“This also shows the fruits of the collaborations I have had with different artists. We are looking forward to the best at the One Africa Music Festival,” Wendy said.
Wendy has been on international expeditions which have seen her also collaborating with Kenya’s Guardian Angel releasing the track ‘Akuwona’ and Namibia’s Maranatha Goroh dropping ‘Kuhamberera.’
The week One Africa Music Festival shutdown starts on November 22 and ends on November 28.
The poster of the event indicates that One Africa Music Festival will start with a pre-party on a yacht on November 22, Pool Party on November 23, Business Summit on November 24 and Global Comedy Festival, and then Champagne Luncheon and Praise Fest on November 25.
One Africa Music Fest and after-party will follow on November 26.
Wendy has since described the stage as huge with several other renowned musicians set to perform.
“This is a big stage and mostly its all about promoting arts all around the world with a focus on art from Africa. One Africa Music Festival is an event that happens in different parts of the world,” she said.
The musician behind songs such as ‘Mundisunge Ndinu’ recently hailed the owner of One Africa Festival Paul Okoye better known as Paulo for recognising and giving her an opportunity to perform at One Africa Music Festival.
“I will perform on the fourth day of the festival which is the Soul Praise Day. I am excited because this is the first time Malawi will be represented at this festival and being the first Malawian artist to perform in Dubai. I feel honoured,” she said.
Some of the artists billed to perform at this feast include Nigeria’s D’Banj and Flavour.