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2017 BAF incorporates international performances

Written by  Nancy Chavi


Black Missionaries captured during a performance - File Photo

Blantyre, October 11, 2017: This year’s Blantyre Arts Festival (BAF) from October 7 to 8, incorporated international performances despite indicating that it would only create a platform for Malawian artists.

In an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Tuesday, Executive Director and Founder of Blantyre Arts Festival, Thomas Chibambo, said the festival’s intention this year was for Malawian artists to make the headlines.

“We thought it would be best to appreciate our local talents and that the country should cherish its local resources. Even though this idea was there, we failed to live up to it as there was a shortage in the sponsorship this year and other international acts had to be incorporated,” he said.

According to Chibambo, artists from Hannover, Germany who also sponsor the festival performed during the festival.

This year’s BAF took place in two locations; at Blantyre Cultural Centre and Jacaranda Culture Centre where local poets, traditional dancers, and other different Malawian arts took place.

Local Malawian Reggae Band, Black Missionaries famously known as Ma Blacks made the headlines as top performers at the 2017 BAF alongside other well-known local gospel artists.

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