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Daughters Band and Krazy Colours, who are all based in Lilongwe, are currently the only well-known female bands in the country.

The two bands have remained active and showed the world that women can excel in the world of music including playing different instruments instead of restricting themselves to vocals and dance.

But the two bands have found themselves in an awkward situation as they are performing on the same day in the same city.

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Daughters Band will tomorrow perform at Story Club in Area 47 where they will premiere their EP of six songs Ndine M’Malawi and their first ever music video ‘Nolemba’.

The show is part of the group’s drive to raise funds for transport costs as they plan to tour Southern Africa in August this year.

Daughters Band Manager, Mphatso Chidothe, said yesterday that it was unfortunate that such a situation has happened.

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“We just hope people will embrace both shows. As female bands, we could surely have given each other a chance but for now it has happened and we cannot change it,” Chidothe said.

She said they looking forward to the best on the day having had massive preparations.

“The Southern African tour is significant for the music industry in Malawi because not only will Daughters Band carry the Malawi flag but they will also demonstrate to Africa and the world that women have the equal potential to thrive in the music industry,” Chidothe said.

She said they have managed to source gigs, accommodation and meals in all the cities they will perform in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa but have a shortfall in mobility cost.

Daughters Band is made up of Phales Kumdana (bassist), Chifundo Sande (vocalist), Chikondi Macheso (drummer), Prosperia Ng’oma (lead guitarist) and Grace Gama (keyboardist).

Kumdana said they will set Story Club on fire with their sound.

“We continue to grow our music and every time we are learning new things,” she said.

Daughters Band, which will be supported by Move International Band, has also had performances at Tumaini and Sand Music festivals.

While Daughters Band will be showing their swag at Story Club, Krazy Colours will be at Grittah’s Camp where they will also be launching an EP Mwaononga.

The group’s vocalist and lead guitarist, Cynthia Britt Phiri, said they planned their show in January.

“When we were planning events with Grittah’s team in the first quarter of the year, we chose May 25 so as to prepare ourselves and work on new songs,” Phiri said.

She said they discovered three weeks ago that Daughters Band has also a show on the same day.

“Next time we will plan well not to clash but for now we just have to go ahead having planned for some time. We just want to call upon people to make time and support these two shows,” she said.

Other members of the group are Christine Msuseni (bassist and vocalist), Felistas Phiri (lead guitarist), Kester Kunje (drummer), Deborah Msuseni ( backing vocalist) and Carlo Fatch (pianist).

Neil Nayar, Afro Gumba and Positive Yut will support Krazy Colours at the show.

Krazy Colours has had a performance at Blantyre Arts Festival.

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