Over the past few years, the live music festival scene in Africa has shown some promising growth, with examples of festivals such as Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar and Afrika Burns in South Africa. The secret to these is often their location and Malawi’s Lake of Stars festival is a jaw dropper. The event takes place on the shores of Lake Malawi and was the brain-child of Will Jameson from the UK, who was inspired to set up the event after visiting the area. The proceeds of the event are pumped into the local economy and the overall aim is to raise awareness and invite more tourism into the area.
Since its origins in 2004 the number of festival attendees has risen to over 3000 people, giving local artists the chance to showcase their work and musicians an opportunity to perform in front of a larger crowd. Some international acts have also been drawn in and set to play in 2015 are artists Toya Delazey (SA) and Young Fathers(Scotland) as well as other local and regional artists.
Taking place at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in the small town of Mangochi, the event attracts travellers from around the world and brings some welcome exposure and business to the Malawian people. With so many other activities in Malawi such as cruising or fishing on the lake, game viewing and cultural tours hosted by the warm Malawian people, the festival can be part of an amazing holiday.
The event takes place from the 25th to the 27th of September and tickets prices go from K33,000 (roughly USD$65) for the full 3 days. Accommodation in the area ranges from campsites to nearby hotels, and getting to the location is as simple as a flight into Blantyre from Lilongwe or Johannesburg. Check out the Lake of Stars website here at : Lake of stars
By : Stephen Brown
4 August 2015