Two of the country’s big guns in show business have traded barbs on Facebook over this year’s Sand Music Festival.
Lucius Banda of Impakt Events—organisers of the festival—and Jai Banda, who owns Entertainers Promotion, on Sunday and yesterday used the social forum to empty their chests.
Some people captured screen shots of the exchange and circulated it on another social network, WhatsApp.
Wrote Jai: “I wish to apologise to Diamond [Platnumz of Tanzania] for the show he has been subjected to. He should not think that is the way we organise shows in Malawi…
“All I can say [is] in future we will endeavour to do better and not embarrass mother Malawi kuti sitimata [sic] ngati anzatu [sic] a Lake of Stars. Ndiri ndi manyazi [be]cause when we started Sand Music Festival we wanted something which will be at the same standards as Lake of Stars.”
Lucius responded: “It’s a pitty [sic] a lot of people are commenting on this issue innocently, not knowing that, its [sic] all because we didn’t hire your sound, light and stage… So sad.
“I am learning to do promotions, you do local I do international…”
Jai later responded: “No my brother, the fact that we do not do international shows does not mean we cant (sic). We are not jealous of you, but would like event organisation to be better…”
This year’s Sand Festival was marred by power outages, lack of backup power, poorly organised stage and rains.
Lucius has since apologised for the hitches. n