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Ethno engages Blaze, Wikise

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TO PERFORMING AT ETHNO MALAWI MUSIC—Wikise

Ethno Malawi Music Camp driven by Music Crossroads Malawi will officially be launched on April 27 2021 at Chingalire Cultural Centre in Lilongwe.

The camp which aims at promoting and preserving culture through playing of traditional instruments, runs from April 24 to May 1.

“We are launching it on April 27 because we want to make sure that all participants are present. We have participants from Uganda who will be in on April 26,” Music Crossroads Malawi Director Mathews Mfune said on Monday.

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He said they were ready with the camp and that they have also engaged youthful musicians Wikise and Blaze who will headline the Ethno Malawi Music Camp final concert on May 1.

“Some might be wondering as to why we have brought in Blaze and Wikise for the final concert and yet this is a camp involving traditional music. We want to connect them to traditional music for them to appreciate.

“This is also part of reaching out to the younger generation for them to value traditional music,” Mfune said.

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He said: “If we are to bring the current generation to appreciate traditional instruments, then we have to use some of the youthful artists who are already there. Their performance on the final day will definitely attract the presence of young people,” Mfune said.

Chingalire Cultural Centre which is managed by veteran musician Ben Mankhamba will host the Ethno Malawi Music Camp for the second time having done so in 2019.

In 2020, the music camp which is an annual event failed to take place due to Covid.

The event attracts participants from different countries and this year some of the countries set to participate include Uganda, Mozambique and Zambia.

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