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AIMING HIGH—Mankhamba

Veteran musician Ben Mankhamba wants to expand Chingalire Rural Growth Centre in Lilongwe into a cultural hub.

Mankhamba, who doubles as Village Head Chingalire, has also announced plans to open a park where people would be relaxing on weekends.

“I am looking at the possibility of creating a place where people would come and spend their holidays or weekends while sampling traditional dances and local foods,” he said.

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He said he has learned from people who run places like those in Malawi, citing Mua in Dedza District.

“We want to do this at Chingalire. We have put the other things in place,” Mankhamba said.

At Chingalire Rural Growth Centre, Mankhamba has a cultural troupe which performs traditional dances as part of promoting and preserving culture.

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The place also has rooms, where people lodge.

“There is just so much to enjoy here but, most of all, we want people to experience village life here. We would like companies, organisations and individuals to come here and host events,” Mankhamba said.

The musician is famed for songs such as ‘Kambaanga Mwala’ but has been out of the limelight in terms of live performances.

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