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Edgar ndi Davis performs at diabetes dinner and dance

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Edgar ndi Davis Band alongside veteran Giddes Chalamanda on Friday night entertained patrons during the Diabetes Association of Malawi (Dam) dinner and dance held at College of Medicine Complex in Blantyre.

Missing on the Edgar ndi Davis Band lineup was Edgar Kachere with Davis Njobvu running the shots alone as a lead vocalist.

Giddes was the first to hit the stage offering two songs including before Edgar ndi Davis Band took to the stage.

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Njobvu said they were excited to perform at the Dam’s dinner and dance adding that as artists they have a huge responsibility to sensitise the masses on the disease.

As part of fundraising for Dam, Njobvu, told patrons earlier on thatthey should give out some money for Giddes to perform.

Edgar ndi Davis featuring among others Chimwemwe Maloya on backing vocals and Layison Njati alias Anko Layi on lead guitar dished out several renditions including ‘Energy Saver.’

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With diabetes killing one person every eight seconds and four million people in a year according to the statistics, Njobvu said artists need to play a bigger role by disseminating information to the people on the disease.

Dam President Timothy Mtambalika said in the country, six in every 100 people suffer from diabetes and that half of these also have hypertension.

Mtambalika said diabetes does not receive the much needed attention in the country.

He said they decided to hold a fundraising dinner and dance to raise funds to purchase a chemistry analyzer machine which is used to investigate renal and liver functions as well as glucose levels.

Mtambalika said 80 percent of diabetes deaths occur in low and middle income countries in which Malawi falls.

“We were targeting to raise close to K10 to K20 million so that we can procure two to three machines for our major hospitals in the three regions. But for this fundraising event we wanted to raise K3 to K5 million,” he said.

The fundraising event comes as a time as the world will be commemorating the World Diabetes Day.

Mtambalika said in the country the World Diabetes Day will be held on Friday at Bangwe Desert ground in Blantyre.

“We will start with a big walk from Nthandizi Bus Stage to the ground where there will be several activities and we call upon people to come,” he said.

Mayor of the City of Blantyre Noel Chalamanda hailed Dam for the event adding it is crucial in raising funds for purchasing machines for treating diabetes.

Former minister and Member of Parliament John Bande, who is Dam’s patron said more efforts need to be done in the fight against diabetes observing that many people have little knowledge about the disease.

Several other activities took place during the dinner and dance including auction.

However, the climax was the music performances which had everyone on their feet with the mayor and his wife as well as Bande opening the dance floor.

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