Impact Events, organisers of Sand Festival Malawi have announced the shifting of dates for Busy Signal’s second gig in Malawi.
This follows the clash in dates with another Jamaican headlined concert, the Morgan Heritage show on April 30, organised by Born Afrikan Productions.
While Impact Events’ aim is to garner more support for the 2016 edition of Sand Festival, Born Afrikan Productions want to bring the Jamai-can multi-platinum group for the second time following issues that arose from the first gig.
“We noted that unfortunately, we are sharing the same date with Born Afrikan Productions who are also bringing Morgan Heritage for the second time. We negotiated with our agent Spencer Mutemasengo to plead with other promoters in all the countries involved in this new tour to shift the dates,” in an inrweview said Lucius Banda, Director of Sand Music Festival. The show has since been event shifted to May, according to Banda.
“We are all brothers as we are doing the same thing: bringing entertainment to Malawi through inter-national shows. We have, therefore, shifted to the last Sunday of May. We are still working on the venue but there has been a strong voice from Blantyre, asking us to hold the show in the city as most of the international gigs take place in Lilongwe. So chances are high it might be in Blantyre,” he said.
In a separate interview earlier, Born Afrikan acknowledged that holding the two big shows on the same day had repercussions.
“For us, we are negotiating for the same venue,” he said.
“Most likely it will divide the fans. We wanted to do the show on the first of May and realised that it was workers day then we decided why not on the 30th April so the people can rest and relax on the first of May. For us, we are negotiating for the same venue,” he said.