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Five Star calls for corporate support

Five Star Entertainment on Sunday called upon the government and the corporate world to support arts in the country which has shown great potential to contribute to the economy.

The firm’s director Raymond Sekeni made the remarks on Sunday when they hosted a show dubbed Macheza a Alakatuli at Blantyre Cultural Centre.

The show which brought on board poets, comedians and veteran musician Paul Banda lived up to its billing and attracted an impressive audience despite a football match at Kamuzu Stadium just some metres from Blantyre Cultural Centre.

“As Five Star Entertainment we are very grateful to companies like TNM for their support but we need more support. Today people came in large numbers and embraced the event and you can see how art is helping preserving our culture,” said Sekeni.

He said the creative industry was doing a lot but it gets little support from both the government and the corporate world.

Sekeni said having satisfied Blantyre fans, they are now looking at taking Macheza a Alakatuli to Lilongwe and other areas with funds permitting.

“People enjoyed every moment, the poets did a very good job and we are also thankful to Sir Paul Banda for accepting to be part of this event and people appreciated his music,” he said.

And true to his word, Paul, who launched his first ever DVD The Best of Sir Paul Banda in Lilongwe two weeks ago entertained the audience from the word go and he closed the chapter on the day.

Backed by Malimba Band, the singer and guitarist offered several songs including ‘Malilime,’ ‘Chimwemwe,’ and ‘Zonse Nzabwino’ and people even called for more when he bowed out.

But time was up such that he could not perform again.

“I am happy; it felt great performing here especially sharing the stage with poets which I have admired for a longtime. Poetry has revolved and it is gaining ground. But then I urge them to be aggressive in terms of business as most of them do not have enough copies on the ground,” said Paul.

The show also acted like a warm up for the old-timer, as he looks ahead to launching The Best of Sir Paul Banda in Balaka on June 4 and BAT ground in Blantyre on June 5.

Poet Robert Chiwamba, who came all the way from Karonga said he was happy to share the stage with Paul as well as fellow poets.

“Another great event without violence and this is why poetry is taking its place in the creative industry. Poets are tackling issues affecting people in the country and this is why we are making strides and we will keep on doing our best,” said the ‘Uzafa Imfa Yowawa,’ creator.

The poet also dished out a new poet titled ‘Flames Siyizamva,’ which he said would be released on May 27, 2016 which happens to be his birthday.

“This is my birthday gift to people.

The poem will be out on May 27 and I am happy people enjoyed it as I performed it for the first time today. Once out, people can download it on sapitwa poetry. com,” he said.

The other poets who performed on the day were Raphael Sitima, Joseph Madzedze and Sylvester Kalizang’oma.

People also had time to enjoy performances from presidential mimickers Frank Naligonje alias Atcheya, who imitates former president Bakili Muluzi and Puludzu real name Yankho Malata, who mimics former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president John Tembo.

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