DAY 2: Fun Day
Waking up on Saturday the 27th was a real struggle! We were blasted by the sun light, it's rays blasted through the tent like light saber rays in star wars (or something similar lol) and the fact that we both had hangovers (my Photography partners Sipho M Photography's Chona) didn't help us at all. But like true troopers we got up because we were in a place so beautiful and exciting we did not want to miss a thing!
We started the day with a chilled out breakfast in the market stalls run by the locals which was delicious and then we spent some time with friends of ours exploring the site, art stands, local stands etc. After some chill time and a dip into lake Malawi which was fun and we had a nice big bottle of the local beer called Kuche Kuche to keep us refreshed when we were done.
Next up we decided to head out to a special braii (bbq) on a private area by the beach, organised for all the media folk and sponsored by DHL. When we got there and it was a huge shock to me, it was such a beautiful setting, there was food for daaays!! The DHL folk were not messing around when it came to spoiling us. There was a beautiful set up just for us, with a barbeque area with fish and chicken, lots of salad, soup and even desert! imagine? we were in heaven! Thank you DHL and Blackmore creative and the entire festival crew, this was one my highlights as we got to network with media personel from Malawi, Zimbabwe and from other countries too.
After all this eating was time to meet some artists, I met up and spoke to Malawian hip-hop superstar Tay Grin who told me about the growing music industry in Malawi and his pride in the festival. I met with the founder of the festival Will Jameson too! He was cool and very chill but I was thinking "you the reason I got to be in this awesome place" lol
Next up was time for some music! Tay Grin was up with his energetic blend of hip hop and Afrocentric sounds and here he is with S.A tv presenter and actor Lungile with whom I also chatted, he is such an unexpected delight who thinks outside the box and is such a pro-African like me :)
My favourites of the night were Mafilika who not only entertained me but they had such a fresh new approach that I haven't seen in African music. I loved their version of Afro punk fused with pop and alternative styles, these guys even had a rock song in Chi Chewa (Most widely spoken Malawian languages and also one of the official languages) So glad to have met them, so humble and lovely
The other highlight was seeing Zambian hip-hop super group Zone Fam, who tore up the stage and represented our country very well indeed! with their hits accompanied by their dj Bassflexxx. We all sang and danced along to Contolola, their Africa wide hit song!
Next up it was time to have some more drinks, to incite more hangovers on ourselves. Sipho M Photography's Chona with whom I attended the festival was absolutely on point with his skills man! I cannot wait to work with these guys some more. We partied the rest of the night away! Stay tuned to the final post on this spectacular event! So good I had to do three posts!!!
The African Gypsy
The African Gypsy