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46 acts to perform at Tumaini Fest

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Forty six acts will perform at this year’s Tumaini Festival, which is a music and cultural gathering held at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa.

The festival, which started in 2014 and aims at promoting cultural exchange among refugees and Malawians, will be held on November 5.

The festival’s founder Menes la Plume real name Trésor Nzengu Mpauni, who is a Congolese slam poet recently said they did not manage to get any funding from companies and organisations.

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Menes said despite the funding problem, the festival was on and that 46 acts will perform on five performance spaces.

Some of the artists set to perform at the festival include Arnaud Baana Enono from Cameroun and Chimz Kelly from Zambia.

The others are Crazy Colours, Faith Mussa, Jaco Jana, Jules Banda, Konkalazi, Malala, Solomonic Peacocks, Mbanaye, Mwanache, Peoples MC, Tigris, Robert Chiwamba, Waliko Makhala, Chris Msosa, Amahoro Dancers, Salama Africa, Agorosso and Adrian Kwelepeta.’

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Despite the setback on funding, Menes and team went on a plan B using the crowd funding.

He admitted that things were going slow but was optimistic that come the day of the festival everything will gone on smoothly.

“As I said we did not get any funding from any organisation yet, but from the Crowd Funding campaign we managed to get money from friends around the world. Now we have enough to run the festival although we still need more to be on the safe side,” he said.

Menes said the whole budget for the festival is $13,000 and that they have only managed to raise 6,000 Euros.

He said this year; the festival does not have a theme.

Menes said since they started, the festival has been a success in that people are now aware of Dzaleka Refugee Camp and that refugee artists including him are having a space in Malawi’s arts scene.

“We will keep on pushing to grow this festival but then the negative thing is that up to now we are still struggling with funding for the festival,” he said.

Menes, who came to Malawi in 2008 as a political refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo said the festival is aimed at bringing joy and hope to refugees hence the name ‘Tumaini,’ a Swahili word which means ‘Hope’.

He also said that the 2016 edition will also act as a fundraiser for the construction of the Tumaini Art and Cultural Centre at Dzaleka Refugee Camp.

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