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Ethno Malawi Music returns for 5th edition

As Pakhonde Festival hosts inaugural show

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Ethno Malawi Music Camp spearheaded by Music Crossroads Malawi will take place at Kayesa Creative Centre in Mchinji District starting this Sunday.

The camp is instrumental in, among other things, promoting and preserving culture through the playing of traditional instruments which are slowly fading out in the country.

Music Crossroads Malawi Director Mathews Mfune said this year, the music camp will involve four countries namely Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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“We also received applications from Ghana and Zimbabwe but we are not sure of their availability,” Mfune said.

The previous edition of the Ethno Malawi Music Camp was held at Chingalire Cultural Centre in Lilongwe. But Mfune said they decided to move it to Kayesa for the team to concentrate.

“We have had Ethno Malawi Music Camp held at Kayesa Creative Centre before we moved it to Chingalire but now this venue (Chingalire) will also host the inaugural Pakhonde Festival hence moving Ethno Malawi Music Camp to Kayesa,” he said.

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Mfune said after their exploits at Kayesa, the participants of the Ethno Malawi Music Camp will then move to Chingalire to showcase their works at Pakhonde Festival which runs from May 27 -29, 2022.

“We are excited that everything has shaped up for Pakhonde Festival as well. On the line-up, we have artists such as Skeffa Chimoto, Lulu, Daughters Band and Atoht Manje.

“We hope that people will enjoy the inaugural festival where we also have a kid’s zone,” Mfune said.

He admitted that they did not manage to get adequate support from the corporate world but were geared to offer the best to the people being the inaugural festival.

“This is one of the unique festivals taking place away from the city and the focus is the community, we have dancers and traditional dances on the line-up. The community will be fully involved and we even have artists from the community. We also have people working in various sections from the community and the idea is to empower them,” he said.

He said they want to empower the community so that it is able to manage its own events and also encourage people in the communities to embrace it as a career and be engaged by other events organisers.

The theme for Pakhonde Festival is ‘Environmental sustainability and preservation of our culture’.

Designed and managed by Music Crossroads Malawi in collaboration with Chingalire Cultural Centre and The Festival Institute, the three-day cultural explosion is a multi-disciplinary celebration of indigenous music from Malawi and around the world.

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