Chichiri Prison Cultural Troupe gains ground


Chichiri Prison Cultural Troupe, which is made up of inmates, has made headway attracting the attention of the corporate world for performances.

The troupe which has impressed with their traditional dances, on Friday performed at Trade Fair grounds in Blantyre.

The group performed at Trade Fair courtesy of the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice).


Sergeant Michael Mpopo said after the group’s performance that companies are now getting attracted to their work, adding that they have proved that they are good in not only entertaining people with traditional dances but also disseminating information.

“We are making headway and being utilised in different functions. All we want is to play a role in disseminating different information to the masses,” Mpopo said.

He hailed Nice for utilising them.


“We just want to call upon other companies and non-governmental organisations, among others, to work with us. We are educators and this is why Nice always works with us,” he said.

Mpopo also said that since the group started, their bosses have been very supportive.

“We train every day and, apart from traditional dances, the group also does plays and comedies,” he said.

Chichiri Prison Public Relations Officer Livness Mpyoka said they are doing a lot of projects in order to empower inmates.

“We have prisons doing projects in agriculture and carpentry, among others, but for us, as Chichiri Prison, we thought of also creating a cultural troupe that would be performing different traditional songs dances as part of promoting and preserving culture,” Mpyoka said.

The group’s show at Trade Fair attracted a huge audience, which saw others giving them some money.

Chichiri Cultural Troupe performed Vimbuza from the Northern Region.

Vimbuza is a healing dance performed by Tumbuka people living in the Northern Region.

The troupe also performed Gule Wamkulu which came in different forms, among them a crocodile.

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