Afro-soul artist Faith Mussa continues to attract the limelight on the international stage after being listed to perform at the Sauti Za Busara African Music Festival in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
The festival, which attracts people and artist from accorss Africa and beyond to celebrate African music and culture in an African set-up, will take place from February 7 to 10.
Mussa is also set to headline the Innovative Justice Forum which will take place at The Hague on February 5. The forum brings together innovators, leaders of the justice sector and entrepreneurs to make justice more accessible, inclusive and user-friendly.
The artist looks set to start 2019 on a high just like he did in the past year which saw him perform in eight international festivals including destinations such as Denmark, Norway, England and several African countries.
“Our interaction with international artists is somewhat limited though things are slowly improving. My travels have enabled me to see first-hand how our friends are faring. That element is crucial in this industry,” he said.
The Mdidi creator, who has placed his music on several online market spaces such as Spotify, Tidal, Googleplay and Deezeer, said the visibility his participation in international festivals has given him has boosted sales.
Faith, who regards himself more as a Christian artist and not as a gospel artist, says because of the way he presents his music, he adapts easily during international festivals, most of which are secular in nature.
He said: “I do not have to push to balance my act. The music I do is more of positive music. I have music speaking against early child marriages, corruption and other social ills. Only that I put my Christian interests first in what I do and pursue. So, gospel, however you understand it, is just part of the music I do.”
His manager Sam Chiwaka, who will also attend a side-event of the festival called Movers and Shakers, said this is an opportunity for the artist to break into the East African market with his music.
“This festival is unique as it has incorporated all vital elements involved in the day to day life of an artist. The conference will bring together reputable professionals in the industry and the importance of that space is invaluable,” he said.
Three Malawian poets currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, have announced that they will hold a poetry performance in Johannesburg on Sunday January 5 2019.
One of the poets who is also part of the organising team Mike Mazera said the main organiser of the show is Richard Banda who is a poet and a musician.
“Banda has organised the poetry performances which will involve three Malawian tonga poets. These are Hummy Humphrey, Banda and myself,” said Mazera from Cape Town yesterday.
According to Mazera the show will be held at Ball Breakers Hall at Cresta in Johannesburg.
In an earlier interview, Banda said he decided to organise the show to offer something with a local touch for Malawians resident there.
“Most performances here are staged by the locals (South Africans) and this tends to deny Malawians something with a local touch. This is why we decided to organise this show,” he said.