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Daughters Band finally makes debut online gig

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ON SONG—Chifundo Sandy sings her heart out during the concert

An all-female musical group – Daughters Band from Music Crossroads Malawi in Lilongwe on Friday held debut online show.

The group which has in the past performed in festivals such as Blantyre Arts and Lake of Stars, has been out of the limelight for some time due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Government has put up measures to prevent the spread of the virus including banning of gatherings forcing artists to take a break from live performances.

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But in order to continue connecting with their fans, artists are opting for online platforms.

And so, Daughters Band held their first Facebook Live show which was streamed.

Music Crossroads Malawi Director Mathews Mfune, said after the show that Daughters Band has also been key in empowering girls to achieve their dreams.

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Mfune said as Music Crossroads Malawi they thought it wise to utilise the online platform amidst Covid-19 pandemic.

“One of the initiatives that we decided to put up considering Covid-19 pandemic is the streaming project. We are happy that today we have started it. Through this project, we have been able to develop new skills on how to utilise online platforms to attract new students, members and to generate income for Music Crossroads Malawi as well as artists,” he said.

Mfune said they were looking forward to work with other artists out there on the project and host their performances.

“The platform is open to artists out there, they need to utilise the platform to reach out to their clientele. Although we have Covid-19 pandemic, we can still reach out to our fans right in their homes by embracing online,” Mfune said.

He further described the project as an exciting initiative which has made them look at getting a number of equipment.

“We were skeptical at first on the Facebook Live programme since we didn’t have proper gadgets such as cameras to transmit live pictures and all what goes into this as well as personnel,” Mfune said.

He said now they have a team that includes sound crew and videographers among others.

The concert saw Daughters Band dish out songs from their debut Extended Playlist (EP) Ndine M’Malawi.

Some members of the group are lead guitarist Prosperia Ng’oma, guitarist Thoko Tiwana, bassist Phalyce Kumdana and lead vocalist and percussionist Chifundo Sandy.

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