Mozambican band from Quelimane, Zambezia Province, known as Tudúlos, is expected to debut at Blantyre Arts Festival (Baf) to be held at Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) from October 4 to 6 2019.
The Mozambican group is expected to share the stage with several acts including the country giants in the music industry Black Missionaries and Soldier Lucius Banda.
Baf Executive Director, Thom Chibambo, said Wednesday the presence of the Mozambican group was testimony that the festival strives to bring different acts.
“We have never had a group from Mozambique since we started the festival. We are excited and more so that they are coming from Quelimane. Again, Quelimane is a twin city with Blantyre, making it something special as we celebrate our 10th anniversary this year,” Chibambo said.
According to the group’s profile, Tudúlos in Choabe language means sprout of a plant. The group was formed in 2004 in Quelimane, and performed for the first time in the national traditional music competition Crossroads in Nampula Province where they received critical acclaim and won the contest.
Between 2004 and 2010, drawing from the tradition of Choabe music and culture, Tudúlos, which has an album to their credit, Osappa Ntidde, played around the country and the region in events and workshops in Téte, Xai-Xai and Maputo. They have also performed in Tanzania, Denmark, Zimbabwe and Croatia.
A member of the group, Joel Antonio Amaral, confirmed news about their performance at Baf.
“We are looking forward to this and we can’t wait to get on stage,” Amaral said.
Other acts performing at this year’s festival, which will open with a carnival, include Golden Moon Band driven by Polish singer Malta, Pachanyas Band from Germany, Annemarie Quinn, who is from the United Kingdom but based in Malawi and Kasama Arts from Zambia.
The festival has in the past brought in renowned artists such as Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, Jamaica’s Mutabaruka and Mali’s Salif Keita.
Meanwhile Chibambo has said the festival has opened up for young people to apply to be part of workshops in categories such as arts and craft, theatre, poetry, music and dance.