- Set to host Krazy Colours, and Mbanaye in August
By Our Contributor.
Lilongwe’s fastest rising arts and entertainment centre, Grittah’s camp is re-branding itself from being a drinking joint to an Arts and Entertainment Centre, EM can reveal.
Over the years, the place had been synonymous with being a bar.
However, since last September, the place has been hosting weekly performances from various local artists in the likes of Sally Nyundo, Martse, 3rd Eye, Deo, Kaka among others.
And as part of this re-branding continuum, Grittah’s Camp is hosting the mesmerizing all girl rock band, Krazy Colours this Friday the 11th of August, before hosting Mbanaye’s ‘Odi EP’ launch on the 25th of the same month.
These come two months after the centre had also hosted another lively performance from 2014’s Sunbird Search for a star winner Adrian Kwelepeta’s who was launching his third album ‘Live or Die Story’
The pair is one among the many weekly performances Grittah’s camp has been hosting since its resuscitation in September 2016, having been idle for about ten years.
According to the centre’s proprietor Neil Nayar, Grittah’s camp is now more of an Arts and Music venue than a mere bar.
“People should think of Grittah’s Camp as a music and art space where street art and paintings cover the walls. We are re-branding hence it’ll be looking even more gorgeous for the musical launches and other related acts,” he promises.
Neil further promises to promote local talent by hosting such kind of musical performances.
“At Grittah’s, we love all kinds of music, the point is that without a stage and a platform the music scene won’t grow. That’s why we have Grittah’s – to push things forward,” Nayar explained.
According to Neil, Malawi has musical talent but lack of exposure is killing the industry.
“In my experience of traveling in Southern Africa, Malawi is actually quite good when it comes to Jazz and Acoustic Music, Rock as well.
Since there are so many artists who play this music well, why is it seldom heard on the radio, and why are there no venues promoting this kind of music? He quizzes.
Neil believes with coordination and support from his clientele, Grittah’s Camp would be everybody’s dream entertainment destination.
“The response so far has been great and I just want to thank everyone for coming to support the shows. We are promoting a lot of artists from the local area and need your continued presence at the gigs. Feel free to give us feedback and feel free to suggest any artists you wanna see performing at Grittah’s,” he appealed.
So far Grittah’s Camp has had a mix of artists in many genres including former BBA housemate CO Sangala, Nyasa Music Award winner Malala, Sir Paul Banda, Adrian Kwelepeta, George Kalukusha, JJ Munthali and Dan Sibale, Sally Nyundo, Martse, 3rd Eye, Deo, Kaka, Blasto, Sagonjah, Moto Buu, Groovers, Old is Good, Daughters Band and Madalitso Band among others.