Musicians in the country are expected to go for a congress in December this year, top on the agenda being elections that will usher in a new executive committee.
Meanwhile, candidates have started presenting their nomination forms with the deadline of receiving being September 30 2022.
And on Wednesday, Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) Southern chapter, led by its chairperson Ethel Kamwendo Banda, organised a colourful event at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre where nominations, especially for candidates in the Southern chapter, were received.
“We just thought it wise to come together and receive nominations especially for candidates in the Southern chapter. We also had candidates in the Eastern region chapter who joined us and presented themselves as part of their campaign to woo support,” she said.
Kamwendo Banda, who is gearing to drop a new track ‘Ufulu Wa Ana’ in which she has collaborated with Waxy and Tricia, said they took advantage of the event to update members on some of the developments on the ground including Neef loans.
Some of the members that presented the nomination forms to Kamwendo Banda included current Mum president Gloria Manong’a, who is seeking re-election, Tony Chitimatima, Mable Lwanda and Carol Kadzuwa.
From the Eastern region chapter, Khuza Rampi, who is vying for the position of chairperson of youth desk and veteran reggae musician Lambanie Dube, who is eyeing the presidency, also campaigned at the gathering which attracted the presence of old guards in the music industry and former Mum president Costen Mapemba.
Apart from Lambanie Dube and Manong’a, some of the names eyeing the hot seat of president include Vita Chirwa of Kalimba, Anthony Dumbah and Charles Burton.
Mum Board Chairperson Wycliffe Chimwendo appealed to members to campaign well ahead of the elections and refrain from creating enmity.
“So far, we have five presidential candidates. We actually, for the first time, will have a youth desk which will be crucial as many youths have ventured into music. We have two expressions for the chair of this desk and these are Faith Mussa and Khuza Rampi,” Chimwendo said.
He said the trustees and National Executive Committee (Nec) have a joint meeting today in Lilongwe at Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma) offices where all issues to do with the congress will be discussed and finalised.
“After this meeting, date and venue for the congress will be known and announced,” the veteran gospel musician said.