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‘Y-Tjukutja’ hit makers to perform at Lake of Stars

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South Africa’s award-winning group Uhuru famed for the hit ‘Y-Tjukutja,’ will be among the international headliners performing at this year’s Lake of Stars Festival to be held at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi from September 25 -27.

The organisers confirmed this in a press release, saying they are excited to have Uhuru on board this year.

“Being the final regional headliner to be announced, we are excited to have this very talented band come in for this year’s festival.

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“As Lake of Stars, one of our aims is to support local artists by providing platforms through the festival for them to expose their music to local and international audiences,” said Lake of Stars Founder Will Jameson.

The organisers have since dangled two tickets for people to see the group performing live on September 25.

“All you have to do is share the Uhuru post on our Facebook page and name your favourite Uhuru track in the comments. The randomly selected winner will be announced on Thursday at 6pm,” reads the statement on the organisers Facebook page.

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Uhuru is a four-man music group best known for producing the hit single by South Africa’s Mafikizolo titled ‘Khona’

The group, which comprises Themba Sekowe (Maphorisa), Nqobile Mahlanu (Mapiano), Sihle Dlalisisa (DJ Clap) and Xelimpilo Simelane (Xeli), is signed to Kalawa Jazmee.

Uhuru have collaborated with Nigeria’s Davido, Mafikizolo and Professor, DJ Buckz, Bongo Maffin, Oskido, Wizkid, and Runtown.

‘Y-Tjukutja’ was hailed by The Guardian as ‘a certified summer club smash hit.’

Having won the 2015 MTV Africa Music Award for best collaboration with Davido in July this year, Uhuru are expected to light the Lake of Stars Festival with their unique style of kwaito and house music.

Uhuru will share the stage with several other acts performing at this year’s festival and they include locals Lucius Banda, Sally Nyundo, Lulu, Gwamba, Agorosso and Dan Lu.

Jameson said they want to help grow the creative industry in the country and that through the festival they are opening up links to regional and international artists through connections with acts from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana, DRC, England, and Scotland.

Other artists set to perform at the festival, which returned last year after a two-year hiatus, include Bucci, Danny Kalima, George Kalukusha, Michael Mountain, Donnex Muva, Neil and the new vibration, The Smooth Groovers, Lusubilo Band, Gasper Nali, Body, Mind and Soul, Jaco Jana and Lady Pace.

Additional acts from the regional and international s c ene inc lude Young Fathers (Scotland), Ric Hassani (Nigeria), Toya Delazy (South Africa), The Undergrounds (SA), DJ Fosta (SA), EJ von Lyrik (SA), bFake (SA), Etoile de la Paix (DR Congo), Menes (DR Congo), Deana Weeks (Nambia), and Ingvild Homme (Norway).

Jameson said they have a long list this year and the other artists performing are Ambassadors from the UN’s SYP project; Bryan K (Zimbabwe), DJ Kaliwa (Zambia), KrTC (Swaziland), Stlofa (Lesotho) , Tha Dogg (Namibia) and Zeus (Botswana).

“Last year we had Mafikizolo as one of our international headliners, a band that collaborated with Uhuru which we have it this year,” said Jameson.

Meanwhile, Jameson has announced that the festival which this year has also hosted a Shorts Film and Children’s Festivals, has partnered with ‘Sunny Money’ who he said are providing 200 solar lights at the festival to be donated to the community.

Other companies that have partnered the festival this year include Airtel Malawi, Malawian Airlines, MultiChoice Malawi, Capital FM, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Creative Scotland and Sunbird Hotels and Resorts.

Since it was started, the Lake of Stars has produced 10 festivals and over 100 events in the UK and Africa since starting the project in 2003.

Jameson said the festival has contributed a lot to the development of tourism and the arts in the country since 2003 and is estimated to have generated over US$4.7 million.

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