Five selected in Move exchange programme


Five young artists have finally been selected to participate in the Musicians and Organisers Volunteers Exchange (Move) programme for the year 2018/19.

This follows their successful auditions they had after the call-up for applications was made by Music Crossroads Malawi in March.

Music Crossroads Malawi Director, Mathews Mfune, said yesterday that the names that have been selected are Sarah Mugawa and Darius Lumwira, who will go to Brazil, Sangwani Ngulube (Norway) and Maggie Mkandawire and Prince Banda, who will go to Mozambique.


“They leave in August and will be back in May 2019,” Mfune said.

Ngulube, who is going to Norway, said he is happy to get this opportunity.

“I am looking forward to learn and also share what Malawi is made of in terms of music,” Ngulube said.


The Move exchange programme has been instrumental in shaping several artists including keyboardist Chisomo Ngondo, Jaco Jana, Phalyce Kumdana and Rebecca Mwalwenje.

Mfune said the new round of exchange had been approved by FK Norway hence Malawi sending a total of five participants this time.

“The exchange programme is important in that it helps the participants to develop their music skills as well as event planning and organizational skills,” he said.

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.

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

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

With the creative industry experiencing several challenges, Mfune said the Move programme gives a chance to young artists to gain the much needed skills but also share Malawi’s story.

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