Awilo jets in for Sand Music Festival

Sand Music Festival headliner Awilo Longomba arrived in the country yesterday via Kamuzu International Airport at noon promising fireworks.

Speaking on arrival, Awilo said he was here 10 years ago and really feels like he is at home.

“Everytime I am here it feels like I am with my family,” he said.

Awilo, from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), arrived with a team of dancers to a crowd of admirers and fans.

Awilo on arrival

He is set to perform during the three-day event at Livingstonia Beach in Salima from today up to Sunday.

Lucius Banda, director for Impakt Events said everything is set for the Sand Music Festival.

Said Banda: “We always deliver on our promises so we made sure that each and every artist we said is coming should be here.”

He added that today they will be welcoming Seh Calaz from Zimbabwe, DJ Stavo among other artists.

Asked to reveal the name of the surprise artist who is also billed to perform, Lucius insisted on keeping the identity of the artist under wraps.

“Its not yet time for people to know who this artist is. Let them come and enjoy the surprise we have for them,” said Lucius.

After adressing the media at the airport, Awilo and his crew gave a small rendition of his famous hit Carolina, which his seven dancing queens supported with vocals and dancing.

Under the Impakt Events, the Sand Music Festival is Malawi’s major music festival which attracts both local and foreign artists.

This year, apart from Awilo Longomba, the event will host artists like K Milla, Thulasizwe, General Kanene, Tay Grin and Ethel Kamwendo Banda among others. n

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