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‘Chechamba Music School not dead’

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Veteran musician Wendham Chechamba has said his music school which he started longtime ago is still intact.

He revealed that the school used to be in the heart of Blantyre but then with not many students enrolling, he had difficulties to pay rentals.

“We moved from Blantyre to Chilomoni where I kept on teaching but then now I have been accommodated by the Music Club just close to Henry Henderson Institute (HHI),” said Chechamba.

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Chechamba however, bemoaned the lack of interest from musicians to upgrade their skills.

“When we were starting the school the aim was to train more musicians so that they know how to read music as well as play different musical instruments.

“Our friends in other countries are able to play different instruments and play classical music and we can do it here as well,” said the musician.

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The musician who was once decorated with the Lifetime Achiever Award said in recent years the number of students and musicians enrolling at his school has been dwindling and that it is worse now.

“At least in those days I used to have over 20 students but now there is no interest and there have been times when I have been teaching only one to two students so this was even happening when I was in Blantyre,” said the old-timer, who has an album to his credit.

He said he has all the instruments which people can learn including the brass section.

“Musicians need to take advantage of us, I am not that active in terms of performances but I have dedicated my life to teaching. I want the young generation to learn more,” said Chechamba.

He said the industry is growing and that musicians are doing their best but he said they need to dig deeper and upgrade.

“At the moment you will see that musicians are using the same chords and yet they need to learn more of these chords and give people a variety and this is why they need to take time and learn. You will see that musicians are dishing out the same and this becomes monotonous to the audience,” he said.

Chechamba in 2014 held a concert in Blantyre to celebrate his musical journey but also showcase classical music.

“We had a wonderful time during this show and I celebrated it fully. All what I wanted to show was the journey I have travelled in music, it’s been a long journey which has seen me travelling places. A lot happened during this celebrating and I actually planned that I should be doing it annually but then in 2015 we could not manage due to funding,” he said.

During the event Chechamba performed with New Apostolic Church Orchestra where people sampled classical music.

“I was even happy that other veteran musicians also joined the platform to show what they used to do in those days and the young generation learned one or two things, so this surely has to continue and I therefore ask well wishers to assist so that we hold this event this year,” said Chechamba, who plays different instruments.

Chechamba started music when he was six years old and moved on with his talent in school until when he joined the Army Band where he learnt professional music.

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