A day after media reports from Jamaica indicated that reggae dancehall artist Busy Signal is not coming to Malawi to headline the Sand Music Festival, the agent brokering the deal has described the reports as misleading.
Last week, organisers of the festival announced that the artist will be the main international act of the festival that takes place from October 30 to November 1 at Sunbird Livingstonia Beach in Salima.
However, on Wednesday, media reports from Kingston quoted Busy Signal’s manager as having said “there is no contractual agreement for a performance in Malawi.”
“Busy Signal’s brother and manager Gayle Gordon is dismissing reports that the dancehall deejay is billed for an event in Malawi. The dancehall DJ’s management team has confirmed that the artist is slated to perform on October 24 in Zimbabwe,” reported Irie FM.
But in an interview on Thursday, Big Base Entertainment Limited CEO Spencer Mutemasango, who is the agent bringing Busy Signal to Malawi and Zimbabwe, maintained the Jamaican will perform in Malawi.
“Come October 30, Busy Signal will be in Malawi. As a matter of fact, Lucius Banda made part payment of what the artist charged and the amount remaining will be deposited today [Thursday],” fumed the agent.
In a press release issued Thursday, Sand Music Festival reinforced Mutemasango’s position that “be assured that come October 30, Busy Signal will perform at Sand Music Festival in Salima”.
Born on January 24 1982 as Glendale Goshia Gordon, Busy Signal is currently one of Jamaica’s top musicians and is best known for number one hits such as Dreams of Brighter Days, Come Over, The Gambler and Reggae Music Again. n