Peter Mawanga is over the moon with his starring role at the Moon Rock Festival, describing it as a singular honour.
During the festival in the northern Malawi district of Nkhata Bay next week, the Amakhala ku Blantyre star and his Amaravi Band will lead a playlist of 14 Malawian artists, includingÂ Mafilika, Body, Mind and Soul, Music Crossroads Band, Konkalazi Band, Sally Nyundo, Young Chilagaâ€™s Black Survivors, Soul Raiders, the Rainmaker, Malingaka and North Side Connection.
â€œIt is a privilege and honour for me and the Amaravi Band to headline the Moon Rock Festival. We have been doing rehearsals for a long time whether with a show in hand or not. I am looking forward to enjoying with Malawians since we have a new member in the group who plays a traditional instrument called Sansi,â€ said Mawanga.
This will be the first time Amaravi will be performing with a thumb piano, he said.
He counts it â€œpretty a challengeâ€ because nearly all bands on the list play similar music to their Afro-vibes.
According to Wilderness Safaris Malawi (WSM) marketing manager Roshenka de Mel, the local cast will use the same stage as South Africa Idols finalist Mark Haze.
â€œThe festival will be a celebration of local musical talent and will feature artists, DJs and bands from across Malawi, at the very place where Lake of Stars beganâ€”Chintheche Inn,â€ said Mel.
The festival will benefit Children in the Wilderness, an environmental education and life skills programme under the patronage of Wilderness Safaris and other sponsors.