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Exchange programme opens up for young artists

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A chance has opened up for young artists between the ages of 18 and 25 years to participate in the Musicians and Organisers Volunteers Exchange (Move) programme.

The Move exchange programme has been instrumental, in the past years, in shaping several artists including Chisomo Ngondo, Jaco Jana and Rebecca Mwalwenje, who had stints in Norway for close to 10 months.

Music Crossroads Malawi, which spearheads the project in the country, has since called on young artists to apply for the programme.

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“We need good competition. Those who will be selected will all stay abroad for 10 months and will be going in August, so they need to have passports ready before July once selected. They also have to be good musicians,” said Music Crossroads Malawi Director Mathews Mfune.

He further said the new round of exchange has been approved by FK Norway and that Malawi will send five participants.

“We will send two to Mozambique, two to Brazil and one to Norway,” Mfune said.

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Move has since called for the 2017 applications.

The call for application has since indicated that the participants should be passionate about music and be between the ages of 18 and 25 years.

Music Crossroads has also said the exchange programme is important as it will help the participants to develop their music skills as well as event planning and organising skills.

The Move programme is an annual youth exchange platform between Music Crossroads Malawi, Music Crossroads Mozambique, Musikk og Ungdom in Norway and Projecto Guri in Brazil.

The other requirements for the programme are that the participants should have at least a Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) for any higher qualification, be a fluent English speaker and or ready to learn a new language.

The participants should also be able to read and write music, have a good skill in playing a musical instrument or have a good voice and must prove to have a goal towards life and musical career.

Music Crossroads has also said that participants with knowledge on music industries will have an added advantage.

The call also indicates that participants should be ready to go for medical checkups.

Mfune said Music Crossroads Malawi is an equal opportunity institution and that as such, female artists are encouraged to apply.

“We are calling upon young people to take this chance and apply. They need to submit their application not later than May 10, 2017 with full contact details to HYPERLINK “mailto:malawi@ music-crossroads.net”malawi@ music-crossroads.net or come in person at our offices in Lilongwe,” Mfune said.

With the creative industry experiencing several challenges, this is a chance for young artists to gain the much-needed skills but also share Malawi’s story.

“It’s a very good programme which offered me an opportunity to grow in my music career. I learnt a lot from stage management and many other areas and I am applying them here,” said female bassist Phalyce Kumdana.

Kumdana is a bassist for Daughters Band, an all-female group.

Mwalwenje, who used to lead Karonga-based group Lusubilo Band also said the Move project helped her grow her musical career.

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