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Evergreen sings for a cause

Fights climate change

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Waliko Makhala

Chirimba-based musical group The Evergreen recently debuted at Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre, where it excited people with its vibrations.

However, the group has taken a different direction by doing music for a cause, with a focus on climate change.

The group is known as The Evergreen because it is there to use music as a tool for disseminating important messages to the world with a focus on climate change.

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The group’s band leader and founder Thomson Kalele Gunchi said they came together after realising that they have talent and that they needed for use it to help bring about change.

He said voices about climate change have to come from all angles and that the creative sector needs to do more, considering the fact that it reaches out to more people in its ventures.

“In our songs, we focus on information calling upon people to conserve the environment through tree planting. We advocate proper systems in our society where we need to protect our environment,” Gunchi said.

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The performances by the band came as the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties was running in Sharma El Sheikh, Egypt.

Their performance at JCC saw them using an acoustic set with Jah Moses leading in vocals but Gunchi indicated that they are a big band which has three guitarists, two keyboardists, drummer and two vocalists.

“Our band was formed four years ago and with the little resources we have, we keep on pushing with the hope that someday we will be able to hold gigs in different areas and even outside the country as we tackle the issue of climate change,” the bassist said.

Ahead of the festive season, the group will perform at Chichiri Prison in Blantyre where, according to Gunchi, they would want to entertain prisoners.

The Evergreen Band last year also had a stint at Sand Music Festival.

Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session host Waliko Makhala commended The Evergreen Band for being serious with their music.

“I am impressed. Much as art is for entertainment, creatives also need to look beyond and use talent to tackle important issues affecting the country and the world as a whole. We need to conserve the environment and this message is timely as we are now talking about the rainy season,” Makhala said.

Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session will Thursday feature AB Sounds, which used to perform with legendary musician Saleta Phiri.

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