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‘Chingalire ready to host Ethno Music for second time’

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Chingalire Cultural Centre in Lilongwe is geared to host the second Ethno Malawi Music Camp, musician Ben Mankhamba, who is also Village Head Chingalire, said Tuesday.

Having hosted Ethno Malawi Music Camp for the first time in 2019, the centre has won the trust of organisers Music Crossroads Malawi and its partners to stage the second camp this year. The camp will take place from April 26 to May 1.

Mankhamba said hosting the international event for the second time will help in promoting arts and culture as well as the place.

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“Although this place is in a rural area, we would want to make it big and be well known out there as far as arts and culture are concerned. I am looking at making it like French Cultural Centre (now Blantyre Cultural Centre),” he said.

Despite being affected by Covid, Mankhamba said the centre has earned praise and also saw Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Michael Usi visit it.

“We are looking at exposure and I should say it here that we have added some rooms just to improve on accommodation and we are also hoping that, resources permitting, we should be done with the Amphitheatre,” he said.

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Mankhamba said they have approached a number of donors for support and that many have shown interest.

“Apart from auditorium, we are also looking at having offices plus conference rooms. We want, through this centre, people to experience the best of arts and culture as well as village life,” the renowned musician said.

He also said that they have managed to put up a recreation park where some of the activities for the Ethno Music Camp will take place.

Meanwhile, Mankhamba has called on artists in the country to apply and participate in the camp.

“This is a very important platform as far as arts and culture are concerned. This is a camp where participants learn and share ideas. In 2019, we had a few artists with a dominance of artists from outside. If you are within the age limit then apply,” Mankhamba said.

People can participate in this year’s camp by applying through www.mubazar.com/en/opportunity/malawi-ethno-camp.

The fee that participants are expected to pay is K80,000 which caters for, among other things, accommodation, training and certificate.

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