South African Music Awards (SAMA) Afro soul star Bongeziwe Mabandla has been announced as the first international act who will grace this year’s Lake Of Stars (LOS) new format of Discovery.
This will be the first time for Mabandla to come and perform in Malawi.
Lake of Stars Media and Communications officer Zilanie Gondwe has confirmed the development saying more names will made public in due time.
Local acts which have been announced by the festival include female party crowd-puller RJ THE DJ.
Malawi’s queen of RnB, Hazel Mak, whose song Katakwe is getting plays on Trace TV and other renowned continental platforms has also been booked.
According to Gondwe they have also enlisted the work of Upile Chisala, a poet who recently was voted among Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in Africa.
Forbes is on record to have said Chisala started writing at the age of four and by the time she started primary school, there were piles of paper with little stories scattered around her house, in Zomba, Malawi, which was already chock-a-block with books.
She moved to the US where she studied sociology and graduated in 2015 but struggled to find a steady job.
Chisala turned to poetry for comfort and self-published her first book at the age of 21.
This brought the opportunity to travel and do readings, but it was when she travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa, that her talent was reaffirmed.
Since then, she founded Khala Series, a monthly mentorship program for writers in Johannesburg.
LOS is set to return this year with a new format which they are calling Lake of Stars Discovery taking place in a beautiful, remote setting where a castle stands on the curve of the lake – Kachere Kastle.
The first LOS was held 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.