BOYD PHIRI, Lusaka
AFRO-FUSO artiste Chris Aka recently joined the ranks of southern African artistes when he performed as a surprise package at the annual Malawi Sand Festival in Salima.
The music festival, which was held on October 27 – 29, attracted renowned musicians like Congolese Awilo Longomba, including bands from South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The three-day concert convened at Livingstonia Beach also featured performances from local artistes, including well-known Lucious Banda and Skefa Chimoto.
The collaborative effort of the regional musicians attracted fans from all corners of Malawi, including neighbouring countries like Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Chris Aka performed on the last day of the event and shared the stage with Awilo Longomba, Skefa Chimoto and Lucious Banda.
With skies clear, the artistes, hosts and fans couldn’t have hoped for a more pleasant concert in October.
Like other musicians, Chris Aka combined reggae with afro-fusion, which proved irresistible to many fans, including fellow artiste Lucious Banda who joined him on stage when he performed Mulemena Boys’ song titled Amalume.
“Lucious Banda is familiar with Mulemena Boys and their song Amalume, which is why he joined me on stage to sing the song with me,” Chris Aka said.
This is the first time the Zambian art iste was participating at the Malawi Sand Festival. He has been invited to attend another event next year.
The artiste is no stranger to international performances. He has performed at the World Social Forum in Kenya, Senegal, Lesotho, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
After the Malawi festival, Chris Aka found favour with the event organiser Lucious Banda, with whom he has made plans to do a collaborative song.
“I have made plans with Lucious to record a song together very soon,” he said. “We are just putting ideas together before we go in the studio.”
Chris Aka also wants to record a single titled I want to be loved before the end of this year.