Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique are some of the countries that have confirmed their participation in this year’s Ethno Malawi Music Camp to be held at Chingalire Cultural Centre in Lilongwe later this month.
The Ethno Malawi Music Camp, in its fifth year, is spearheaded by Music Crossroads Malawi and is aimed at promoting and preserving the playing of traditional instruments which are slowly being forgotten.
Having not taken place last year due to Covid, the camp is back this year, running from April 26 to May 1.
The camp is taking place at Chingalire Cultural Centre, which is being managed by musician Ben Mankhamba, who is Village Head Chingalire, for the second time.
Music Crossroads Malawi Director Mathews Mfune said Wednesday the participation of other countries will be tough because some countries are in lockdown due to the pandemic.
“We would have loved to have more countries participating because this is an international camp but we are excited that Uganda, Mozambique and Tanzania will be here and this makes it fully international,” Mfune said.
In 2019, the camp attracted a number of countries including Norway, United States of America and Mozambique.
Meanwhile, Mfune has said that, because of the pandemic, they will have an online training workshop on April 23 for Ethno artistic leaders.
“Some of these trainers would have come had it not been for closure of airports and lockdowns and this is why we have the online training ahead of the camp. The trainers are from Ethno World and Ethno Sweden,” Mfune said.