By KELVIN KACHINGWE
LOCAL musicians Mumba Yachi and Zone Fam are expected to perform at the Lake of Stars Malawi Arts Festival expected to take place at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi next weekend.
Other musicians expected at the festival are Mafikizolo (South Africa), The Black Missionaries (Malawi), Skeffa Chimoto (Malawi), Jack Rooster (Kenya), Agorosso (Malawi), Peter Mawanga (Malawi), Mafilika (Malawi), Piksy (Malawi), Sally Nyundo (Malawi), Stanley Odd (Scotland), John Wizards (South Africa) and Goldierocks (UK).
There is also Raj El Rey (Kenya), Selmor Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Cable Street Collective (UK), Band Tower (Zimbabwe), Pearl Natasha (Zimbabwe), Le Petit Artiste Childrenâ€™s Theatre (UK), Tariro Negitare (Zimbabwe) and Christian Tiger School (South Africa).
One of the biggest captures, though, is that of Goldierocks, who will be returning to the Lake of Stars.
Goldierocks, aka Sam Hall, is an international disc jockey and broadcaster extraordinaire with a celebrity following that includes Madonna, Giorgio Armani, Richard Branson and Jade Jagger (sheâ€™s performed exclusively for them all).
Her weekly global radio show â€˜The Selectorâ€™, legendary to those in the know, goes out to a staggering 39 countries with over four million dedicated listeners, prompting The Sunday Times of London to recently describe it as â€œthe most cutting-edge British music show out thereâ€.
Sam performs at endless festivals worldwide including Creamfields, Latitude, Leeds, Wakestock, Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury in Britain. Then, more unusual venues might be Soviet bunkers in Kazakhstan, the beaches of Lake Malawi, warehouse parties in Shanghai, inside igloo discos in the Alps and then on slightly more luxurious super yachts in Monaco.
She also has her own self-titled London club night and has been the official red carpet presenter at the BRIT awards for the past two years running.
Mumba Yachi and Zone Fam should therefore know that the festival will not be an ordinary affair.
The Lake of Stars promotes Malawian arts and tourism through international interaction and exposure, organising festivals on the shores of Lake Malawi and events in Europe and across Africa.
Will Jameson set up the Lake of Stars Project in 2003 to encourage international tourism to Malawi, taking inspiration from events like WOMAD and Glastonbury. The project uses cultural tourism to generate revenue and exposure for Malawi.
By KELVIN KACHINGWE