Contemporary gospel musician Faith Mussa is scheduled to perform at the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom (UK) later this month.
The artist together with Throwing Shade, Drew Moyo and Afriquoi, who are under the Beating Heart Music Project, will leave on June 13 for the five-day festival to run from June 21 to 25.
The local artists will share the stage with celebrated artists Shaggy, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Major Lazer, Lorde, Anderson, Paak and The Free Nationals, The Jacksons, Solange Knowles, Halsey, Foo Fighters, just to name a few.
Mussa said in an interview that the event is a big opportunity for him as an artist and his one-man band.
“It’s a good platform for me as an artist and for the innovation I made here in Malawi,” he said.
Mussa said the country stands to benefit too because he is taking traditional Malawian music to the event.
He said sharing the stage with the renowned musicians like Katy Perry and Shaggy will also enhance his music career.
“Most of the world known musicians want to do music with Africans because they have not heard our music which is new to them. This is an opportunity to show them the kind of music they have not been exposed to and possibly more opportunities will unveil themselves,” Mussa said.
Beating Heart Music was conceived to commission contemporary artists to create cultural bridges by remixing samples from the world’s largest archive of African field recordings to create fresh new sounds.
The key purpose of Beating Heart is to introduce the modern world to unheard ancient sounds through contemporary production and raise money for assistance in the areas where the music was originally recorded.
Glastonbury Festival, on the other hand, is a major event in British culture. It is a celebration of contemporary performing arts which is attended by about 175 000 people every year. n