The majority of local musicians have taken a break from live performances following intensive performances and shows during the festive period.
Random interviews indicated that most musicians have temporarily suspended live shows for the month of January. During the month of January most people complain of lack of resources.
In an interview, Black Missionaries manager Ras Ray Harawa said they have taken a three-month break to rest and spend time with their families.
“We had a lot of shows and interacted with our fans during the festive period. Now it’s time for us as a band to rest and spend time with our families.
We will be out for three months. No recording music, no shows, just resting,” he said.
In a separate interview, hip-hop artist Tay Grin, who had a busy 2021, said he will use the month to strategise for his activities for the rest of the year.
“I will also use January to finalise some of my work that I plan to release this year. I will use this time to properly plan my song releases, tours and travel, among other things, including international books and appearances,” he said.
Tay Grin said he may release his first work around March, but added that he might still conduct his Grin’s Fire Fridays from home.
Another musician, Saint, said he has gone on a three weeks holiday to rest and refresh.
“I am concentrating on my studio work, but generally I want to rest,” he said.
Saint said when he returns to action he will release some new songs.
Spot-checks in regular entertainment venues indicate that musicians have no bookings and performances over the weekend with some few appearances scheduled for Chilembwe Day on January 15.
However, concerns have been raised about disregard for Covid-19 measures which has seen many people attending music shows without wearing face masks or observing physical distance.