New music festival debuts with Jamaican reggae artist Chris Martin

By Chancy Namadzunda:  

Local events and mental health counseling advocates, LiFest, have announced the ‘Lilongwe Music and Arts Festival’ taking place from 29 to 30 October at Lilongwe Golf Club.

According to LiFest Project Coordinator, Maya Kalumo, the ‘Lilongwe Music and Arts Festival’,  will connect local and international artists, music lovers, and forward-thinking individuals and organizations interested in building community and open dialogue around mental health and gender-based violence, particularly around the youth.

“Today we have announced Joe Boy and Chris Martin as our first line-up of performers and will, over the next few days, unveil other celebrated local and international artists that have committed to support us,” said Kalumo.

According to Kalumo, the festival will be a catalyst for mental health and Gender Based Violence (GBV) awareness and amplify collaboration between music and the youth, featuring poetry, arts and crafts, food stalls and mental health talks.

He said ticket sales will fundraise for the ground-breaking of a rehabilitation center to be constructed in Lilongwe, which will offer both free and at-cost mental health services to Lilongwe’s peri-urban youth.

Christopher Oteng Martin is a reggae / dancehall singer and songwriter from St. Catherine, Jamaica.


Martin won Digicel ‘s Rising Stars in 2005 (the Jamaican version of American Idol) and is best known for the songs “Cheaters Prayer”, “I’m a big deal” “Let her go”, “Is it love” “Dreams of brighter days”.


Tickets are already on sale on the Phwando mobile app. at K25, 000 (early bird); K35, 000 (at the door) and K50, 000 (VIP).

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