This weekend, fun-seekers will be spoilt for choice with at least three big entertainment events lined up in Blantyre and Mangochi.
Blantyre leads the pack with two events scheduled to take place over the weekend. The three-day Love Malawi Festival starts today at the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (formerly College of Medicine Sports Complex) and the premiere of the movie Fatsani at Amaryllis Hotel tomorrow.
And the Lake Malawi beaches at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi is the venue for the annual Sand Music Festival which also starts today up to Sunday.
Each of the events comes with its own unique features such that the decisions to settle for which one will be difficult to make.
US gospel icon Don Moen is expected to be the toast of the event at the Love Malawi Festival.
Joining him will be a local brigade led by Faith Mussa, Skeffa Chimoto, Shammah Vocals, Kamuzu Barracks Gospel Singers and Ndirande Anglican Voices. And the show is free of charge. The show is being organised under the Luis Palau Association.
In an earlier interview, organiser of the event, David Chigamba, said the festival has been designed to be a family event as it will create a relaxed environment for all patrons to enjoy the music, the preaching and other fun-related activities.
“We want everyone who comes to the festival to be entertained and have a great time through music and other activities such as the bicycle and motor bike stunts that will take place,” he said.
The festival first took place in Malawi in 2016 and it was held in Lilongwe, near Maula Prison.
On Saturday evening, film lovers in Blantyre will be treated to the experience of the recently released film Fatsani, when it premieres at Amaryllis Hotel. The premiere in Blantyre comes after its first premiere in Lilongwe which took place on April 30.
Director of the film Gift ‘Sukez’ Sukali said the plan is to have the production shown in as many places as possible. He said by the end of October, the film will also be screened in Kenya. The movie was premiered in Zambia on September 24.
The premiere in Blantyre comes on the back of the movie registering its first award at the Sotambe Film Festival in Zambia over the weekend. Sukali merged as the best director for his role in the film which also happens to be his debut production.
The weekend’s entertainment programme will not be complete without the mention of the 11th edition of the SandFest. The tone for the event has already been set with a meet and greet session of international headliners held last Wednesday evening at Mingle Square in Lilongwe.
The event was graced by Jamaican reggae force Gramps Morgan, Ugandan Levixone and South African gospel powerhouse Sipho Makhabane who arrived in the country on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
The remaining international headliners, Mr P from Nigeria and Makhadzi from South Africa, were expected to jet in the country on Thursday.