Impact Events, organisers of Sand Festival has announced the cancellation of Jamaican Busy Signal’s second tour of Malawi.
Initially, the reggae and dancehall artists was scheduled to perform in Malawi on April 30, but the gig was shifted to May month end as there was a clash in dates with another Jamaican headlined concert by Morgan Heritage.
However, fans have apparently forced the organizers to stop the show and start focusing on the 2016 edition of the Sand Festival.
“After research through social media pages like Facebook, a lot of our fans explained to us that it is not that creative of us to repeat an artist within months because Malawi is a virgin country when it comes to international artists performances. So he can come back later, not now as the interest of revelers is to see someone new.
“As such, we are looking at the fact that Sand Festival isn’t that far, so we agreed with them and we are now taking our efforts and focus on the festival so that we come up with the best we can,” said Impact Events director Lucius Banda in an interview.
This would have been Busy Signal’s second show in Malawi, after a successful performance at the 2015 Sand Festival in Salima.
According to Banda, they are currently looking for a venue for this year’s festival with Mangochi and Salima topping up the list.
“As of now, we are still negotiating for the venue because as of now, what is clear is that Livingstonia turned into a haven for revellers only for one day and not the entire three days. Most fans only came on Saturday, the day Busy was performing and returned back.
“So we are looking at options on whether to go back to Mangochi or stick to Salima. Of course, Salima has an advantage because most of the people that turn up for the festival come from Lilongwe, but the intention of the festival is to let people have fun for three days,” he explained.