Sand Festival suffered a minor glitch as three foreign artists did not make the trip to the Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi at the weekend.
Â Missing in action were Zambiaâ€™s General Kanene, Mozambiqueâ€™s Masukusi and Zimbabweâ€™ Banyana Bafana whose names featured prominently on the advertisements of the three-year festival begotten to celebrate the best of Malawian vibes.
In an interview, festival director Lucius Banda said the Mozambican dance troupe had sent their apologies on Sunday morning.
He also disclosed that their â€œtrialâ€ flirtations with the Zimbabweans came to nay because the group were deported for over-staying two months ago.
Soldier, however, said Kanene abandoned the festival in â€œan embarrassing wayâ€ because he was demanding twice the amount he had earlier agreed to.
In the absence of the trio, festival goers had to do with a five-star performance from South Africaâ€™s DJ Professor and Eskido.
The Jezebel hit maker performed about seven songs in 45 minutes, but left the crowd completely mesmerised with the immensity of his stage work.
The South African stood head and shoulder above the rest to save the situationâ€”thanks to his endless energy, movements, dance styles and contact with the audience.
So connected was the â€˜Professor of Kwaito musicâ€™ with his audience that when he told them to dance, nobody was standing still in the audience.
He paid tribute to Lake Malawi, saying: I have performed twice at the club (Chez Ntemba) in Blantyre, but the venue of this festival is stunning and the people are happy to be part of this phenomenon. I will not hesitate to be here again next year.â€
But Professorâ€™s love story with Lake of Malawi was short-lived as he left for Blantyre 30 minutes after his moment of glitz and glamour.
They were supposed to fly out at 7pm on Sunday.