Major Lazor to headline Lake of Stars
By Harold Kapindu
Lake of Stars Festival organizers on Friday officially confirmed that US electronic music act, Major Lazer Sound System will headline this year’s Lake of Stars Festival for the 15th anniversary of the event held annually on the tropical shores of Lake Malawi.
Composed of record producer Diplo, and DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire, Major Lazer’s unique sound mixes reggae with dancehall, reggaeton, soca, house and moombahton.
Their latest single "Let Me Live", a collaboration with Rudimental featuring Anne-Marie and Mr Eazi, is an energetic dancehall-influenced number with accompanying music video filmed by South Africa’s Chris Saunders in Johannesburg.
Their headline set at Lake of Stars Festival is part of an African tour with performances in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Major Lazor joins one of Africa’s hottest groups, Sauti Sol who will also headline this year’s festival.
“We are thrilled to host Major Lazer Soundsystem and Sauti Sol in Malawi for this year’s festival. Both acts will deliver amazing and energetic performances in our beautiful new setting right on the shores of Lake Malawi. Tickets and festival accommodation are selling out fast and with this new addition to the line up I’m sure it will be our best celebration of music and culture to date,” Lake of Stars Director Will Jameson said.
Other international acts joining the festival bill include Love Ssega, a founding member of Clean Bandit whose new solo project channels a vibrant mix of New Wave, 80s hip-hop and NYC disco into smart modern pop; and UK-based Ghanaian rapper Kobi Onyame, who’s album "Gold" has recently been nominated for the 2018 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award.
Poetry and spoken word will be represented by poet Hollie McNish who’s memoir "Nobody Told Me" won the Ted Hughes Award and whose poetry videos have attracted millions of views worldwide, alongside Scottish poet Michael Pedersen, a Robert Louis Stevenson Award winner and co-founder of the literary collective Neu! Reekie!
Representing Malawi on the festival bill is the self-styled Ghetto King Kong, Fredokiss who recently bagged Best Hip Hop artist at the Nyasa Music Awards, making his debut appearance at the festival.
Faith Mussa, Drew Moyo, Kim of Diamonds, Forus dance crew, Madalitso Band and George Kalukusha are among the other Malawian acts to feature on the line-up, alongside an eclectic mix of talent from the worlds of music, poetry, theatre and dance.
Previous festival headliners include Mafikizolo, Freshlyground, Young Fathers, Uhuru, Toya Delazy, Foals, Beverley Knight and Oliver Mtukudzi alongside Malawi’s leading artists.
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