On Sunday March 11th the festival, which is marking its 15th anniversary year, will take place throughout the day and night at The Art School in Glasgow.
Celebrating the long-standing relationship between Scotland and Malawi, Lake of Stars Glasgow will showcase an eclectic line up of contemporary artists from the UK and Africa. Featuring a free daytime programme of performances including live music from Malawi’s Davie Luhanga and Kalima and Scotland’s Bwani Junction and L Space, plus poetry from John Lwanda and a special market featuring Malawian products.
From 7pm things ramp up a gear with a massive ticketed evening showcase. On the bill is award-winning Ghanaian rapper and poet M.anifest , known for his multilingual wordplay that marries traditional African sounds with Hip Hop sensibilities. Described by the Guardian as “ the foremost rapper on the continent ,” M.anifest’s originality and impressive lyricism has earned him collaborations with musical giants such as Tony Allen, Damon Albarn and Femi Kuti. Scott Hutchison, lead singer of Glasgow indie-rock favourites Frightened Rabbit will be performing a special solo set on the night, fresh from a UK and US tour with his band. Frightened Rabbit’s last studio album, Painting of a Panic Attack, hit the Top 20 UK album charts in 2016, achieving the best critical reception of the band’s career to date. Alongside them will be Faith Mussa , bringing Malawi’s only one-man-band set up, combining loop pedal technology with traditional Malawian instruments including the badza (a type of kazoo made from a gourd) and ndani (thumb piano). One of the most gifted and prolific musicians in his home country, Mussa has come a long way from his roots playing hand-made gallon guitars, to international performances including the 2017 Glastonbury Festival and Scotland’s Celtic Connections. Joining these will be rising star of South Africa’s afro-folk music scene Bongeziwe Mabandla. His ability to effortlessly entwine English and Xhosa lyrics with traditional music and folk stylings to create something uniquely captivating saw him garner multiple South African Music Awards nominations for his debut album Umlilo and praise from the late Hugh Masekela. Zambia’s Wezi Heartsound , a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter coming from a long line of soulful Zambian singers and talented young six-piece Malawi newcomers Zathu are also making their debut appearances in the UK. And charismatic Scot poet Michael Pedersen, known as much for his popular Neu! Reekie! nights as for his critically lauded poetry will also be plying his trade on the night, following an appearance at the 2014 Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi.
For those that like to keep the good times going, the gig will be followed by a late night after-party with Auntie Flo at the helm, until 2am.
For more information visit lakeofstars.org.
Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!