Students at Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) in Thyolo on Monday night locked their books away to drown their academic hassles in music by artist of the moment, Piksy.
The artist took to the stage at 9.25pm to noisy clapping, whistling and shouting from the students who, hitherto, had been glued to their chairs on the floor.
But when they saw him walk to the stage, they sprang to their feet, rushed forward with phones flashing and clicking to capture pictures of the UMP artist of the year.
“Finally, he has come on stage. I have been waiting for him since 6pm when he was scheduled to start performing,” remarked one student.
Without delay, he hit the ground running with his UMP award-winning song, Umakwana, which the students sang along excitedly.
Prior to Piksy, some student artists warmed the stage with songs containing gender-based violence (GBV) messages.
Speaking before the performances, Must communications manager James Mphande said GBV was uncalled for in a university setting like Must.
“We strive to ensure staff members and students work and learn in a GBV-free environment to succeed in whatever they are doing,” he said.
Students union vice president Chimwemwe Kawoloka said the university invited Piksy not only to entertain them but also to help disseminate anti-GBV messages.
“Students danced to Piksy’s songs after learning how they can handle issues of GBV on campus tonight,” she said.
Piksy left the stage at 10pm amid yelling from the students who demanded more songs.
Piksy recently won two major awards at the UMP awards, taking home Best Artist of The Year 2018 and Song of The Year 2018 for Umakwana. n