Gospel fans will have an opportunity to see all their favourite artists perform on one stage during a newly introduced festival called Pamchenga.
The first edition of the festival will take place on the weekend of 2-4 of December at Livingstonia Beach in Salima.
In a statement, one of the organisers of the event Levi Msakambewa said Pamchenga aims at promoting gospel music and reaching the masses with different messages.
He said the festival will also afford the general public the opportunity to stay blessed on a long weekend with gospel music thereby keeping them closer to gospel work and farther from sins.
“Pamchenga denotes an annual music celebration that will afford gospel musicians a platform to come together on a long weekend and dish out music to thrill the people as they dance or while enjoying the lake atmosphere, catching the gospel messages as the musicians take turns to sing and deliver the word of God through music.”
“The idea is to put up a selection of crème de la crème of gospel musicians in Malawi from both up and coming and veterans with an incorporation of a renowned international artist to headline the event in order to close the gap in entertainment for gospel music and at the same time spread the word through different sermons by guest speakers especially men of God to remind the people there is also fun in the gospel,” he said.
Events leading up to the three day festival will include charity works in nearby communities. Activities planned will include sermons by guest speakers like Apostle Chitheka, Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango, and Apostle Zimba, Music entertainment, Dialogue hour, Community evangelism, Gospel CD or Book stalls, Games and children’s activities (fun and games).
According to the festival organisers, the actual music sessions will start from Friday evening and wrap up on a Sunday with proposed artists for Friday being choirs such as Great Angels and Kamuzu Barracks before the delivery of a sermon.
On Saturday, International headliner Ephraim of the famed ‘Permanent’ song from Zambia will be on stage supported by local maestros Patience Namadingo Faith Mussa, Tamika, Allan Chirwa and later a sermon.
Whereas on Sunday up and coming artists will be given the platform before pastors close the events with a sermon.
Tickets for the event will cost K15, 000 per person for all the three days or K8, 000 per person per day.
Throughout the sessions there will be different games while food, snacks and soft drinks will also be served to give the patrons fun and more fun alone.