By Chris Loka:
Youthful musicians Faith Mussa and Eli Njuchi have committed to taking a lead role in mental health awareness campaigns.
The two said this ahead of the Lilongwe Music Festival (LiFest) to be held this coming weekend at Lilongwe Golf Club.
LiFest starts on Friday and ends on Saturday.
Faith and Njuchi are on the line-up for LiFest, which also has international acts such as Jamaica’s Chris Martin, South Africa’s Shekhinah and Nigeria’s Joeboy.
Other local artists performing at the festival, which is aimed at tackling the issue of mental health, include Tay Grin, Patience Namadingo, Suffix, George Kalukusha, Gwamba and Kell Kay.
Njuchi of the ‘Zitaye’ fame said mental health issues need to be treated with urgency.
“We need to have this conversation and if it means using all we can to spark this conversation I am up for it. There is a need to be involved in the actions to have mentally supported Malawians,” Njuchi said.
“We need to protect our minds to things that could potentially be harmful to our mental health. Our physical well-being starts in the mind, we should strive to find ways to speak out and share things that are troubling our inner feelings,” he said.
Faith, the creator of ‘Mdidi’ and ‘Desperate’, echoed Njuchi’s sentiments saying there have been several mental health cases involving both the young and old, something which he observed needs attention.
“We need to understand that our mental health is as important as our physical health and, as such, we need to do whatever it takes to address these issues and I am ready to take the challenge,” he said.
The singer and guitarist said, during LiFest, he will also share his experience in as far as mental health is concerned.
LiFest Project Coordinator Maya Kalumo hailed Faith and Njuchi for their commitment.
Kalumo said it was exciting that many artists have now seen the need to be part of this noble project.
LiFest is a project that aims at engaging artists through their talents in the fight against ills of gender based violence as well as address mental health issues.