Why South Africa’s Big Nug failed to show up for Malawi Sand Music Festival

South Africa’s top Kwaito group, Big Nuz, failed to show up for Malawi’s Sand Music Festival over the weekend because one of the group members, Mampintsha, could not make it on the plane due to his flight fears.

South Africa’s renowned DJ Tira of Afrotainment, a company that manages Big Nuz, confirmed this in a telephone interview Tuesday evening.

“To all our fans in Malawi, we’re very sorry we didn’t make it. Mampintsha has a great fear for flying and he ended up missing his flight.

“It’s not that we didn’t want to come perform in Malawi but it was beyond our control,” apologised DJ Tira on behalf of Big Nuz, who are currently very popular in Malawi for their latest hit song ‘Hawaii’.

According to DJ Tira, Mampintsha has had problems with flights for a long time, a development that has led to Big Nuz not performing outside the country.

Big Nug

Big Nug

He said apart from the Malawi show, the group has cancelled four other shows and they will not be doing any other international gigs.

However, having already pocketed R50,000 (about K1.9 million) in advance as their full payment as international headliners at the Sand Music Fest, Big Nuz, alongside another top South Afrian musician L’vovo, will be coming to perform in Malawi next month.

“We will be coming to Malawi for a gig and we’re working of November 3rd. We just want to liaise with the Malawian promoter on the dates,” said DJ Tira.

Sand Music Festival chairperson, Lucius Banda, in an interview confirmed of the arrangement.

“Yes we are arranging with them to come for a show first week of November as compesation,” Lucius told Nyasa Showbiz in a separate interview.

The 2013 Sunbird Sand Music Festival took place from 04-06th October and brought together different acts from across the country, among them Paul Banda, Lucius Banda, Maskal, Piksy, Lucky Stars, Wendy Harawa, Blakjak, Gwamba and others.

With the absence of Big Nuz and Zambia’s B1, Organised Family from Zambia were the only international act.

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