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3 young artists to perform at top festival in Norway

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Three youthful artists will next month perform at one of the top festivals in Norway known as Forde Traditional and World Music Festival Talent 2016.

The three artists are 19- year old Asante Maulidi, who is a traditional drummer, percussionist, singer and dancer, 22-year old Tsansi player Patrick Chimbewa and 17-year old Thokozani M’doko, who is a singer, dancer and percussionist.

Music Crossroads Malawi Director Mathews Mfune confirmed the development.

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“This is a platform where the three artists will be engaged in performances but will also have time to network with other artists,” he said.

The participation of the three young musicians at the festival comes up following the Pakhonde Music Camp which Music Crossroads held in Ntchisi in February throught to March which brought artists from Malawi and other countries among them Norway.

The Pakhonde Music Camp which Music Crossroads indicated will be holding every year having debuted this year, is aimed at promoting and preserving traditional instruments which are no longer in the picture these days.

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According to an invitation letter from Forde Traditional and World Music Festival, the three artists will be in Norway from July 3 to July 10 and will thus be involved in several performances.

The festival’s Artistic and Managing Director Hilde Bjorkum said in an invitation letter that Forde Traditional and World Music Festival is the largest festival for traditional and world music in Scandinavia presenting about 100 acts and 300 artists from all over the world for 25,000 visitors each year.

“The festival is covered by national and international media and is recognised by the government as one of Norway’s most important festivals and the Crown Princess of Norway is the festival’s patroness,” said Bjorkum.

Bjorkum said the festival is an important arena for artists from all over the world to present themselves and their music to a Scandinavian audience and to international media and music professionals.

The three artists will fly the country’s flag at the festival whose project is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Music Crossroads has been in the forefront spearheading different projects aimed at uplifting talent.

Recently it also announced an international exchange programme for artists ranging from the ages of 18 to 25.

The exchange programme whose deadline for entry has since closed is an opportunity for artists to uplift their skills as well as get to network with other artists in foreign countries.

Through this programme several young artists have been trained and equipped in different areas and they include Jaco Jana, who went to Norway.

Jana using the skills learnt during the exchange programme has ended up releasing his own album I Will Shine.

The others are Lusubilo Band singer Rebecca Mwalwen je, who is currently in Norway and is expected back next month and keyboardist Chisomo Ngondo, who also went to Norway.

Apart from Norway, the other artists are sent to Mozambique.

Music Crossroads Malawi drives this exchange programme in conjunction with Musikk og Ungdom in Norway, Music Crossroads Mozambique and Projecto Guri (Brazil).

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