The year 2020 has been a difficult one in many aspects. All thanks to the devastation that the novel coronavirus pandemic delivered on humanity.
Across all sectors, there was a time that nothing seemed to work and move. Our lifestyles were brought to an unfortunate halt. We could not do some if not most of the things we love because of the preventive demands that had been prescribed because of the pandemic.
Amid that global disturbance on our way of life, there were some sectors which took the most hit. The functions of such industries were completely halted. While others were continuing though at a low scale, others were completely halted.
Due to the nature of activities on the entertainment and art fronts, this industry was part of those that felt the full pinch of this devastation. Huge outdoor gatherings were prohibited and that meant no live public performances.
There was huge suffering both by consumers who were subsequently denied of their favourite entertainment activities and the service deliverers who were also denied a chance to make money from their art. Such unfortunate period it was.
But eight months later the situation appears to be easing up a bit. Though the pandemic is yet to be dealt with completely, but it is not as bad as it were few months ago especially in this part of the world.
As a result, players in the industry have little time to try and regain what can be regarded as a lost year. In this last quarter of the year, we have witnessed event organisers getting busy trying to put one or two shows together. It is such a relief for fun seekers.
When the Sand Music Festival was staged two weeks ago, the feeling was that it may as well represent the last big entertainment event for the year 2020. But as it turns out it is not. Some people have other ideas and there appears to be so much brewing in the kitchen.
Local entertainment stable Entertainers Promotions (EP) have refused to let 2020 just pass by. Much as they didn’t enjoy much involvement as they normally do, but they are posed to say goodbye to the year in grand style.
The EP has organised a red carpet event dubbed Black and Gold Arts, Culture, Digital Innovation Gala. The event, to take place at Comesa Hall in Blantyre on December 4, will be headlined by South Africa’s top DJ and music producer DJ Tira.
The team rarely gets it wrong when it comes to event organisation. As the announcement of names of artists billed to perform continues to generate excitement, it is hoped that December 4 may as well turn out to be another memorable day in the history of the EP team.
Not to be outdone, Nyasa Music Group has also thrown its name in the hat. After the not so well hyped visit of South Africa’s Amapiano star Semi Tee in October under their sponsorship, the Nyasa team is at it again.
This time the team is bringing another South African top name in hip-hop star Cassper Nyovest. The South African award-winning star will perform at Bar B Ques in Blantyre on December 11.
It has almost become a familiar hunting ground for Nyovest, who will be making his third appearance in Malawi. Riding on that thriving romance with the local audience, this promises to be another potentially explosive moment.
It has been a tough year, no doubt about that. But the commitment that some individuals have shown in trying to redeem the year has given us strong hints that we may as well finish 2020 on a high.