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Five artists off for exchange programme

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Five young artists, who are the new movers, left on Sunday for South Africa where they will attend workshops in preparation for their Musicians and Volunteers Exchange Programme (Move).

The five artists are set for a 10 month exchange programme to Brazil, Mozambique and Norway.

Hardwork Zuze and Samuel Chinyama are going to Brazil, Kelvin Chilunga (Norway) whereas Madalo Nyirongo and Hollyce Banda are going to Mozambique.

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Music Crossroads Malawi Director Mathews Mfune said yesterday that the five artists will attend two workshops in the rainbow nation before going for their exchange programmes on September 1 2022.

“The first workshop is organised by Norec, the funders of the exchange cooperation. The workshop is to prepare the new participants for their stay abroad.

“They need to be given the necessary tools to survive in a new place far away from home which can be extremely challenging due to culture shock, homesickness, new food, new weather, new language, new people etc,” Mfune said.

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He said after the training, the participants will attend another training organised by Move partnership.

“This one will prepare the participants on the actual Move programme. The tasks they will do while on exchange, the projects, communication, conflict management and reporting routines. All the exchange technical issues will be covered,” Mfune said.

He said Music Crossroads Malawi was confident of a successful outing for new movers, who were selected following a rigorous recruitment process.

“They have been prepared locally to become good ambassadors for fellow youths in Malawi. After finishing the exchange programme, they will continue to work with Music Crossroads Malawi for another two months when they come back,” Mfune said.

Meanwhile, the cohort which was in Mozambique for seven months, namely Don Chisenga, Tionge Banda and Khumbo Mkandawire has finalised their exchange programme and would return home on Saturday.

“They are done with their exchange programme but they are now in South Africa for a debriefing seminar. They will still continue to work as volunteers at Music Crossroads for the next two months as per the contract,” Mfune said.

Several artists have undergone the Move exchange programme and they include keyboardist Chisomo Ngondo, who plays for Patience Namadingo, Phalyce Kumdana, who is Daughters Band leader, Jaco Jana and Maggie Mkandawire.

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