By Sam Banda Jnr:
After performing at the 2018 Lake of Stars Festival last month, Faith Mussa is not done yet as he is set to go on a Scandinavian tour supported by Ujeni Records.
“I am excited to go on this tour and participate in important forums,” Faith said recently.
Ujeni Records Label Manager, Karstein Grønnesby, announced Tuesday that Faith would be travelling for a month-long tour in Scandinavia.
Karstein said the tour comprises of performances at different festivals, events and concerts, as well as participation and discussion debates, radio shows and other events regarding corruption and mental health.
He said that the tour would give the musician, who in August launched his second album Mdidi, a chance to talk about industry challenges and possibilities.
“Faith Mussa will also inspire young Norwegian musicians by holding workshops in music schools,” he said.
The tour starts in Denmark later this month with participation and performance at the International Anti- Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen, alongside hip-hop legend Yasiin Bey [formerly known as Mos Def] and groups Rain in Sahara from India and Haga Que Pase from Colombia.
The IACC is the world’s largest independent forum for fighting corruption which will bring together more than 1,500 participants from all over the world and will be opened by the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen.
The three-day event is hosted by Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark.
Faith got the opportunity after being selected. He made an application through Ujeni Records.
From Denmark, Faith will head to Norway to perform at Bergen International Music Festival, alongside acts from Europe, Middle East, South America and Africa.
“Whilst in Bergen, he will also perform at Folkefesten, which is a celebration day organised by United Nations Association of Norway,” he said.
The tour will also see the musician performing in Oslo at the National Conference for Mental Health, before travelling north for a show in Trondheim.
Faith is also set to perform at a week-long folk music festival, Hilmarfestivalen in Steinkjer, which is one of Norway’s best-known folk music festivals.
After this, he will go back to Oslo where he will join a panel discussion together with former Norwegian ambassador to Malawi, Asbjørn Eidhammer, Professor Dan Banik and a representative from The Development Fund of Norway, to discuss the current situation in Malawi.
The discussion will be hosted by The Council for Africa at The Human Rights House in Oslo, and Faith will open the panel by performing some of his songs.
His last show will be at Kafé Hærverk in Oslo together with DJ Drew Moyo, who also participated in this year’s Lake of Stars.
This is the same venue where Malawian acts Gaspar Nali and Madalitso Band performed at in July this year.
“We are excited as Ujeni Records to be able to take Faith Mussa for our first tour in Europe. Together, we hope to contribute to the Malawian music export and create and expand a long-term network which will benefit more Malawian artists,” Karstein said.
He said the tour is even important in that Faith will be involved in extra-musical events touching on subjects of corruption and mental health.