Lake of Stars (LoS) organisers have announced that all performers at this year’s event have confirmed their availability and participation.
Head of media for LoS Zilanie Gondwe said in an interview that the full line up as advertised in the media will perform at the event to be held at Kachere Kastle in Nkhata Bay.
“Moonchild Sanelly, Amanda Black, DJ Lag, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Faith Mussa, Suffix, Sangie and Erik Paliani, are some of the artists to perform at the event,” she said.
Gondwe said this year’s event will take place at a smaller venue; hence, they have produced a limited number of tickets.
She said: “There will be no tickets at the venue. All tickets are sold out. Kachere Kastle is a smaller venue. The idea was to give a traditional yet inclusive camping style festival. The LoS Discovery is set to be an experience for people to connect with new music, nature and network with others.”
Gondwe also said they have increased the participation of females.
“On Friday night, we have Sangie, Lioness, Cilq the DJ and others. On Saturday night, we have Hazel Mak, Amanda Black, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Lag and others,” she said.
Gondwe said patrons on Sunday afternoon will be treated to yoga, drama and poetry, among others.
She said LoS will continue to introduce activities that will put Malawi on the global map, trading talent and small businesses.
In a separate interview, Shiba Melissa Mazaza of Black Major firm from South Africa, who are collaborating with LoS in bringing in some of the headliners, said they will ensure that the event is aligned with their desire to amplify the stories of the people on the ground.
She said: “It’s an interesting time for African music. If the cultural artifacts we create reflect our inner worlds, as well as the society in which we are created, then the music we provide as the soundtrack to our lives will be made either to tell our stories – or distract us from the things we can’t change about ourselves.”
Some of the artists coming under Black Major are Dj Lag, Bongeziwe and Moonchild Sanelly.
DJ Lag’s latest offering, The Uhuru EP, has been brought under consideration for a Grammy nomination, a milestone for South Africa’s Gqom pioneer.
Bongeziwe Mabandla came to the fore with his debut album, Umlilo, in 2012 and was hailed as the new face of Afro-Folk. He returns to tour this year with a new album beginning with the single Zange, and the upcoming Jikeleza set for release mid-October.
Moonchild Sanelly is a movement on her own. Known for her unique hairdo, she has used art and body politics to represent a new wave of free and empowered African women.