Kamuzu Stadium will host the inaugural Nyasa Music Festival (NMF) slated for April 19 to 21, organisers have announced.
The organisers of the first ever NMF left it only until February 1 to announce the venue for the event.
So far, they have unveiled a number of international and local headliners among them Busiswa and AKA from South Africa and Fredokiss, Faith Mussa and Gwamba representing some of the local acts signed up for the festival.
Director for Nyasa Music James Makunje Jnr said they considered a number of factors when coming up with the choice of Kamuzu Stadium as the venue. The factors include security and parking space, he said.
“From the start we have been pushing the idea of making the festival accessible to all and at a lesser cost to underline its difference from similar events that we already have. We decided against the idea of having the event in an open space because of issues of security,” he said.
On Saturday the organisers unveiled the final international headliner for the festival, Club Controller hit-maker Prince Kaybee. His unveiling was preceded by the announcements of rapper Macelba, DJ Flame and Super DT Thom and Blak Jak as the co-hosts for the Festival.
Makunje Jnr said: “For now, our focus shifts to bringing more local acts on the platform. We are done with the international acts. We are doing our best to balance up the lineup so that nobody feels left out.”
The other artists that have already been roped in are Patience Namadingo, Boasaro Music Group, Malinga Mafia, Kell Kay from Malawi and DJ Kaygee, The Vibe, Nasty C and DJ Noxx from South Africa.
In an interview, rapper Macelba said he is excited to perform at such a big platform describing it as an opportunity which offers a good challenge.
“The NMF has come in big. It is the dream of every artist to be part of such history in the making. And I am no exception. Such platforms bring thrills. I really cannot wait for the Festival,” he said.