Blantyre-based fine artist and musician Zam Suya has said everything is set for Ndiyamika Cultural Interaction, set to take place at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre on Sunday.
“Preparations for the event, through which we want to raise funds for youth empowerment programmes, have been finalised and I am ready to give patrons a treat,” he said yesterday.
“I settled for the word Ndiyamika because the event is all about praising the almighty God and, at the same time, interacting with those who like my art so that I can raise funds for art training programmes for the youth.
“This idea of training the youth is part of addressing some of the problems youths face in the country. I feel the pain of not doing enough to solve some of the problems that youths face. I will start implementing the programme in January 2022,” Suya said.
“With the need for job creation ideas in the country, which is the talk of the day, I have decided to start implementing this vision without hesitation,” he added.
Suya, who will be debuting at JCC, said those who have been looking forward to learning art skills from him should get ready for art lessons, which will include fine art, graphic designing, cultural music and dance.
He said he would also perform live songs from Ndiyamika album while some of his paintings will be on display and for sale.
“I will also perform three songs from the Ngoni folklore music. There will be other artists who will also showcase their music talents and skills in Malawian/ African cultural styles,” Suya said.
Some of the artists set to grace the occasion are King Tchauya, Ketecia Mwenefumbo and George Mkalemwa.
Suya ventured into music in 1998, registering his presence on the music market after releasing the song ‘Maziko’. The song was included in his brother Gideon Suya’s album titled Kuyeretsa Mayendedwe.
The next year— that is, in 2,000— he produced an all-percussions cultural song album titled Bwenzi Zikoma, whose contemporary songs enjoyed air play on Trans World Radio.
From the album, he contributed a song tilted ‘Polowa mu Yelusalemu’ to an interdenominational choir called Blantyre Joint.
“Being a member of this great choir, I learned a lot, in terms of how important this approach is to our land and abroad,” Suya said.
From moments like those, Suya got inspiration to tread on with his music and, in 2017, released the album Ndiyamika.
The album focuses on good things that people do for one another as well as praising almighty God for His divine mercies.
On Sunday, he continues on that journey through Ndiyamika Cultural Interaction.