Mzuzu urban music lovers are set for a rare treat as hip-hop artist Gwamba has announced his live concert to take place at Mzuzu Stadium on November 20.
The concert will feature one of South Africa’s big rappers Emtee, the artist said.
Local artists earmarked to perform at the event include Kell Kay, Martse, Malinga, Leslie, Charisma, Quest, Henry Czar, Nthondwa, Tremone, King Chambiecco and Wakisa James.
The show was initially scheduled to take place earlier this year, but due to Covid-19, it was postponed. The rapper said he decided to revive the plan, considering the gap that the region suffers when it comes to hosting big shows.
Gwamba said: “There is an evidential monopoly of big shows by Blantyre and Lilongwe. Mzuzu is denied the chance to witness established artists perform live. As somebody who comes from the Northern Region, I had to take the lead for other event organisers to follow.”
The gate fee is pegged at K2 000 per head.
The artist was quick to allay any fears that the low gate fee may be a catalyst for chaos and lawlessness.
The Nthawi Zanji hit-maker said he is working with an unnamed organisation that will provide tight security at the event.
“Girls are the most targeted during such events. Some people take advantage to harass them. We want to create a safe environment for everyone who will be there. If they experience any attack, people should just call or text and the response team will be there within minutes,” he said.
Gwamba said the event will also give a chance to up-and-coming artists from Mzuzu to perform on the big stage. He said an hour before the main acts will be allocated to up-and-coming artists.
Reacting to the news, musician Ril B said it is impressive that Gwamba has decided to hold a big music show in Mzuzu which is mostly shunned.
He, however, said so far only one Northern Region-based artist has been included on the list of performing artists at the event.
Said Ril B: “I would love if Gwamba featured more of Northern Region-based artists to showcase their talent on this day because there are a lot of Mzuzu-based artists that lack exposure and I believe people from Mzuzu will also love to see the talent from the North.”
One of the artists scheduled to perform at the event, King Chambiecco said he is ready for the event. “I am ready to set Mzuzu on fire. I haven’t been in Mzuzu for a year so, this show is my opportunity to reconnect with my Mzuzu fans,” he said.