Malawian artists who performed at the MTN Bushfire Festival in e-Swatini, formerly Swaziland, over the weekend say they will live to cherish the moments they shared with fans.
Kufewa Acrobatics, makers of the internationally acclaimed kung-fu movie Town Monger, together with slam poet and musician Menes le Plume represented Malawi at the festival that ran from May 24 to 26.
While Menes was initially scheduled to hold a show and talk on how he runs Tumaini Festival at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa, Kufewa Acrobatics found a slot at the eleventh hour after popping up at the festival’s venue.
In an interview from e-Swatini, Kufewa Acrobatics member Abdulrashid Shaibu said the group had a good time performing at the festival.
“We came here just to try our luck and the next thing was us signing a contract with the festival organisers. And we can now say, Bushfire was the best moment of our career in acrobatics. Every time we performed, we left many fans begging for more.
“Some could not even believe that we are from Malawi as in their own words, this was something they had only been watching in movies. Watching it live was awesome for them and that was encouraging on our part,” he said.
On his part, Menes took time to post on Facebook on how exciting and enlightening it was performing at the festival.
“It was a magical moment sharing my poetry with an intimate and responsive audience at Bushfire yesterday. I did what I do best: touching hearts and challenging minds.
“Thanks to my amazing Ugandan brother, Slim Emcee the poet, for joining me on stage and thanks to Swaziland for being lovely. I can’t wait to come back next year,” he wrote.
Menes also described the arts roundtable, Beyond Borders Workshop, which he, alongside other African artists and creative industries professionals participated in, as “amazing”.