The dates and first two acts have now been revealed for Lake of Stars 2014.
The Malawi arts festival will run from 26th to 28th September at a yet-to-be-announced venue on Lake Malawi.
Skeffa Chimoto and Peter Mawanga are the first two acts to be announced, with further acts and the venue to be revealed early 2014.
2014 is set to be a big year for Malawi, with the country also enjoying inclusion in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 – top ten countries. The Lake of Stars organisers promise ‘a true adventure into the cultural heartbeat of a vibrant nation’ for those heading to Malawi for the festival.
Weekend tickets for Lake of Stars are available online from here. Watch a round-up of the project’s City of Stars festival below, which was held in September 2013 in Lilongwe.
Lake of Stars are holding a competition on their Facebook page at the moment, giving away 1 night for 2 at Chintheche Inn on Lake Malawi’s northern shores, plus a pair of tickets to City of Stars festival, taking place 27 and 28 September in Lilongwe.
To be in with a chance of winning, follow this link, post your entry as a comment under the picture, and ‘like’ the ones that you think stand out. The entry with the most likes by 5pm Friday 2nd August wins.
The line-up for City of Stars festival has expanded recently to take in Kenyan afro-pop group Sauti Sol, British-Algerian singer YADi and Joburg acts Tumi (Tumi and the Volume) and Reason. The full line-up can be found here, and tickets for the festival can be purchased here.
Chintheche Inn prize courtesy of Wilderness Safaris Malawi.
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Tagged African festival, Chintheche, City of Stars, competition, lake of stars, lilongwe, malawi, Reason, Sauti Sol, Tumi, Wilderness Safaris
Lake of Stars are now taking applications for artists to play at this year’s new City of Stars festival, taking place 27 and 28 September in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Musicians, bands, DJs, poets, comedians, and any other artists who are interested should download an application form and return it by Friday 7 June. The form can be downloaded from here.
City of Stars is looking to showcase emerging talent from Malawi and also give African and international acts the opportunity to perform on a unique and exciting platform in front of an global audience – in 2011 the project reached 200 million people worldwide through media. The programme will feature live music, film, theatre, exhibitions and speakers, will promote Malawian creativity and attract international artists and arts practitioners to the country. Read more about the festival here.
The latest episode of BBC’s Africa Beats series, which showcases the continent’s best up-and-coming musical talent, featured Malawi’s Peter Mawanga performing with his band the Amaravi Movement and discussing his musical influences, motivations and aspirations.
Mawanga notes that while a lot of Malawi’s musicians play musical styles borrowed from elsewhere such as reggae and hip hop, the foundation for all his music stems from traditional Malawian rhythms and instruments.
Known as “the voice of the voiceless”, Mawanga says: “What I want to see myself achieving on behalf of my nation is selling Malawian music – what is truly Malawian – outside Malawi.”
Watch the video over on BBC News Africa now.
Last week the Lake of Stars Project announced City of Stars, a brand new city-based festival and arts conference in Lilongwe, taking place 27 and 28 September 2013.
The festival is described as a two-day multi-venue arts festival and conference, that will showcase the best in emerging and acclaimed talent from Malawi and beyond. So far three names have been announced:
Glasgow based DJ Auntie Flo, who fuses classic house, disco, techno and electronica alongside afrobeat, kwaito, cumbia, and South American rhythms (check out his excellent mini-album Future Rhythm Machine).
George the Poet, a 21 year old wordsmith from north-west London whose poems tackle the forgotten side of London, mixing social and political comment with humour.
And finally The Very Best, everyone’s favouite global party-soundtracking Malawian/European duo.
Tickets will be on sale from July, with more acts, as well as the venues for the festival, being announced soon. For more info on the festival head over here. Watch the video for Auntie Flo’s I Want To Blow Your Mind feat. Esa below.
Here’s a free to download EP from Michigan-based Malawian Atupele Ndisale, aka αtμ, and it really is something special. The second year Economics major at the University of Michigan takes the well-trodden sound and aesthetics of artists like the Weeknd, Purity Ring and inc., but makes it all sound surprisingly fresh, chopping in vocals from Destiny’s Child, Musiq Soulchild and D’Angelo while he’s at it. αtμ describes the EP as “A short extended play that consists of the reworking of songs belonging to a genre that I not only wanted to pay homage to, but one that I attribute my disposition to…”
Get it downloaded then check out the rest of αtμ’s tracks on his Soundcloud, it’s all amazing stuff.
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Tagged atu, hip hop, malawi
We’re vibing to these two instrumentals (the third track appears to be a rap over the instrumental of a song called “Sweet Science” by The Audible Doctor) by Lilongwe-based hip hop producer Keith PJ Wako, also known as JustusBeatz. They’re from way back in August 2012 but it passed us by the first time, and the young beatmaker – brother of Power 101 DJ Kenny Klips – sounds like someone to watch.