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Bucci speaks to BBC on inclusivity

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Musician Bucci, famed for songs such as ‘Panado’, on Tuesday spoke to the BBC on the new direction he is taking with his music, which he is using to speak for the voiceless, with a particular focus on persons with disabilities.

The artist told ‘BBC Focus on Africa’ that art is powerful and that he thought it wise to use his talent to speak for the deaf community.

“The deaf community has not been given much attention and I as a musician, thought, with the gift that I have, I should speak for them through my music. This is the focus but I will also be there to speak for needy people,” Bucci said.

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The interview comes after the release of his new track titled ‘Apapa’, where he speaks highly about the importance of sign language and calls upon authorities to give much attention to sign language in order to reach out to the deaf community.

“I was inspired to do ‘Apapa’ song after I observed that deaf people are being neglected, yet they are capable of doing everything, just like anyone else,” Bucci said.

The artist has since partnered some players in the deaf community to raise their profile.

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“I would want to see this partnership yielding outcomes for the deaf community and enable them to sustain their daily living and contribute to the development of the country as well as exposing their talents,” he said.

Through the partnership, Bucci is working with some fashion designers, who are deaf but, through All Shades of Beautiful Fashion, showed they are talented.

“Even for us musicians, we have not done much to support deaf people and we have not considered them in our artistry but it is not too late and time is now to be inclusive by leaving no-one behind by using music as a tool for raising awareness to the public on deaf issues as we look to Agenda 2063,” he said.

Bucci, who has since created an initiative known as Tikonze Apapa, told the BBC that there was a need to hold hands and do “our best to strive for inclusion for our deaf community”.

“Together we can make Malawi and the world inclusive by not sidelining people with disabilities, particularly the deaf,” he said, adding that the country now needs to see him not just as an artist but as an advocate.

Early this year, Bucci alongside Theo Thomson said they had stepped up the gear to sell Malawi music to the world in the United Arab Emirates.

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