Chikale Beach in Nkhata Bay was a hive of entertainment activities over the Easter weekend.
It was the meeting point of the old and the new generation as veteran musician Billy Kaunda led a contingent of new artists Piksy, Maskal, Moses Makawa and Mafo, among others, in a maiden two-day Easter Beach Festival.
The fun started on Saturday night with a performance by Active X Band and came to a climax on Easter Sunday with main headliners dishing out various songs.
Two stages, one powered by Carlsberg Malawi and the other by Airtel Malawi and Chibuku Products Limited, were enough to shake the lakeshore district of Nkhata Bay that hosted revellers from Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and other surrounding areas.
The equipment was at its best as the sound echoed on the sands of Nkhata Bay’s famous beach. Even the heavens smiled as the moonlight beamed on the waters of Lake Malawi.
The star that illuminated the carnival was former parliamentarian Billy Kaunda. His 1990s’ offerings became fresh.
Mwapindulanji, Agalatiya, Lupanga and Mphinjika Yawo were some of the songs that kept fans jumping and jamming for the better part of his one and a half hour perfomance.
Piksy was also on point while his counterpart Maskal came on stage when most of the fans appeared to be tired as the show culminated into the early hours of yesterday.
The festival received an impressive audience although a good section of the fans followed proceedings while outside. This invites heads to roll on how best to curb the practice that threatens revenue collection for similar events.
One of the organisers, Peter Chiwaula, agreed that they will go back to the drawing board to find a solution to the issue of gatecrashers.
“In terms of the turnout, the show has been impressive and artists have given out their best.
“The only letdown was on the venue. The issue was mainly to do with security as most people gate crashed. So, we have to sit down and map the way forward,” he said.