The gospel music fraternity has introduced a three-day music festival to take place at the Sunbird Livingstonia Beach in Salima from December 2 to 4 this year.
Dubbed Pamchenga Gospel Festival, the maiden event will have 33 gospel musicians drawn from all of the country’s regions. They will share the stage with Zambian musician Ephraim as the headline act.
One of the organisers, Kelvin Sato said in an interview that the festival wants to provide fun to gospel music lovers.
“Most of the festivals we have in Malawi invite a few gospel musicians for performances. So, we want to have a festival which is dedicated to gospel music and its fans.
“We want to broaden the idea of having gospel performances where we can learn from each other as well as provide a new environment for gospel entertainment,” said Sato who is also a musician.
Some of the musicians to perform include Ethel Kamwendo-Banda, Patience Namadingo, Paul Banda, Kamuzu Barracks Singers, Ndirande Anglican Voices, The Great Angels Choir and Thocco Katimba.
Sato said the event will also be used to reach out to patrons with the word of God.
“We want to introduce patrons to Christ. Pastors will be given slots within performances to preach the word of God,” said Sato.
The ministers include Joseph Ziba, Lewis Chitheka and Chimwemwe Mhango. Sato said the pastors will also conduct outreach programmes to the community living around the venue.
Other music festivals in Malawi are Lake of Stars, Sand Music Festival and Likoma Festival. n