Ready to thunder in Livingstone

PART of the crowd at the inaugural Mosi Day of Thunder festival in 2016 held Livingstone.

NDANGWA MWITTAH, Livingstone and ZIO MWALE, Lusaka
BOBBY East, T-Sean, Ma Africa, Afunika, King Illest, Sebastian Dutch and DJ Nano are among the local acts expected to perform alongside Nigerian star Patoranking at the Mosi Day of Thunder festival in Livingstone on Friday.Music fans are certainly in for an extra special treat at this month’s Zambian Breweries’ Mosi Day of Thunder after the cream of local talent performing at the eagerly anticipated event was revealed.
Organisers are keen to promote Zambian culture and give the very best up-and-coming acts the opportunity to cut their teeth at the high profile extravaganza.
Joining Bobby East, T-Sean, Ma Africa, Afunika, King Illest, Sebastian Dutch and DJ Nano to wow music lovers are a number of Livingstone-based artistes such as Edma, DJ Justin and DJ Dell Fresh.
“A rip-roaring event is promised… Apart from promoting culture and boosting the local music industry, the Mosi Day of Thunder seeks to boost tourism,” reads a statement from Langmead & Baker.
During the launch of this year’s Mosi Day of Thunder, Zambian Breweries’ head of marketing, Sibajene Munkombwe, said the company is proud to be associated with Zambia’s tourism industry through among other ways, driving traffic to Livingstone – the birth place of Mosi Lager, through the Mosi Day of Thunder Music festival and encouraged people attending the event to visit all the delights that Livingstone has to offer.
“The Mosi Day of Thunder is an exciting opportunity to take advantage of Zambia’s hospitality and tourism industries,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi and South African house band Mi Casa are expected to perform at the African Unite Music Festival set for June 1 and 2 at Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka.
The first day of the festival will be opened by Mi Casa and will feature the familiar faces of Skeffa Chimoto of Malawi, Zambian violinist Caitlin, Danny Kaya, DJ Blocks and Sebastian Dutch.
Oliver Mtukudzi and Prince Kaybee of South Africa will be on stage on the second day of the festival with supporting acts from Caitlin again, Roberto, DJ Veezy, James Sakala, Kreative Nativez and Chef 187.
The festival, which is jointly organised by Hammerheads Events and Africa Unite Music, aims at promoting and growing the local Zambian music scene through creating a platform with some top international acts from the African continent.
Michael Cullerton, an event planner from Hammerheads Events, told the Weekend Mail that the event is scheduled for two days in order to accommodate as many acts as possible.
“We want people to have all the fun, enjoyment and entertainment,” he said. “As you can see, we have DJ’s and different types of artistes from different countries who will deliver different genres.”

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