One of the top Jamaican reggae dancehall artists, Lutan fyah will be performing live in the country on 14 and 16 December after the artist received an overwhelming demand from music lovers to perform in the country.
The Jamaican artist is expected to jet into the country next week and will perform alongside two other South African based artists, Skeleton Blazer and Rain Africa. The shows have been organized by African link and Frames of Fire.
Frames of Fire, promoter of the shows, Elijah Phekani in an interview on Wednesday said Fyah will perform his first show in the country at the Robbins Park before entertaining music lovers at the Civo Stadium.
“Lutan fyah has performed, collaborated and featured all reggae artists who have been coming to Malawi. He has been consistent and in lime light. We did a research and his name kept coming up, that Lutan must come to Malawi, so we have him coming,” he said.
However, Phekani defended the idea to hold the show at Robbins Park which many have argued the place as too small for a famous international star.
“We do feel that it’s small, but considering that we are going to hold the next one in Lilongwe and the admission fee for the Blantyre show is at K10,000 that much will control the cloud.
“Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to shop around. We went through other venues and there was no other venue secured and safe at this time of the year than Robbins Park,” said Phekani, adding that Blantyre show will start at 6:00pm.
He further said Lutan fyah will perform with a live band and not a CD playing in the background as it has been the case with other foreign based reggae artists.
“Malawians are very selective when it comes to music and they love originality. It’s very clear that Malawi audience prefers live, real and authentic music, so he is coming over and he is going to be backed by a live band,” he said.
He added that the show will help bring interaction between the foreign and local artists and unity to the nation as reggae music brings people together.
“There is a cultural exchange. Music brings people together especially reggae music. Recently the United Nations declared reggae as protected music as it has contributed to world peace and prosperity,” he pointed out.
Lutan Fyah will also be performing alongside several local artists like Anthony Makondetsa, the Black Missionaries, PRO voice and others.
The Lilongwe show gates will open at 8:00 am and admission fee is K8, 000