The majority of artists in the country have decided to postpone their planned performances due to rising cases of Covid-19 which have forced authorities to revive strict precautionary measures.
In random interviews, artists said they decided to postpone their events due to the third wave with currently has affected over 3 000 active cases in the country.
Rapper Phyzix said he decided to shelve his planned events after noting that the situation was getting scary.
He said: “I want to observe the trend first. It looks like new cases keep rising. For the sake of my fans, family and myself, I will not actively organise any events. Hopefully we can afford alternatives such as online events in the meantime.”
In a separate interview, gospel rapper Suffix said the situation will hurt musicians who solely rely on music.
“We have no choice, but to stop the shows. But for the artists who rely on such shows to survive, this will be disastrous. I wish we had other alternatives,” he said.
Black Missionaries manager Ras Ray Harawa said though they went ahead with their planned events last weekend, they have now taken a break.
“We have no choice, but to obey the new measures aimed at controlling the spread of the virus. Hopefully the situation will change soon,” he said.
Taking his turn, musician Saint said he gets booked to perform and will therefore from show promoters.
“I will wait to hear whether they will be able to organise smaller events. Personally, I am in no thought of hosting any event or show,” he said.
Fresh from his weekend virtual performance, musician McLuther said he does not see himself performing before a live audience under the circumstances.
In a related development, producers of the Cashgate inspired movie Highbrow have announced the postponement of its premiere due to Covid-19.
According to the movie’s producer Chawezi ‘Chaz’ Munthali, everything now rests on how soon government announces new changes which can allow for huge gatherings.
The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 last Wednesday announced new measures to control the spread of the virus.
Among other measures, government has directed that indoor gatherings should have less than 50 people, while outdoor event accomodate a maximum of 100. Furthermore, bars are to open from 2pm to 10pm while restaurants shall be open from 6pm to 10pm.
Malawi has registered over 37 366 Covid-19 cases and 1 218 deaths.