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Erik Paliani challenges fellow musicians

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Renowned musician Erik Paliani has called on fellow musicians in the country to keep on being creative and not be contented with what they have done.

He said musicians in the country need to, among others, think about how they could contribute to the world in terms of bringing music from Malawi on the world stage.

“We need to take the Malawian music language to the world and make sure that we utilise our different elements to promote the country’s culture otherwise we have so much on the ground to be proud about,” Paliani famed for the album Chitukutuku, said.

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The artist, who last Saturday performed at a Winter Jazz Night, also said it was high time the country supported the creative industry saying it has so much to contribute in economic development.

“Music has proved that it can do much more and so it needs to be supported. Music unites people and I have met legends such as Hugh Masekela and Zamajobe through music. Music needs all that support and it is not only music but the creative industry as a whole,” he said.

He also called upon up and coming musicians to keep discovering new works in music.

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“The secret is to rehearse more, learn from others and most importantly keep pushing. We need to take our music to the world and that we have not done enough. We need to keep building the industry otherwise there is great talent on the ground,” Paliani said.

The artist has been working with some up and coming musicians at Kayesa Inn in Mchinji District.

Paliani has also been working with organisers of Lilongwe Jazz Music Festival in the promotion of jazz genre. The festival has since announced that it will not take place this year.

“Jazz has always been part of Malawi and we need to keep this running,” he said.

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