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Gwamba, Lawi in acoustic session

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GWAMBA —I have worked very hard

The country’s South Africa-based musicians, Lawi and Gwamba, will hold a free acoustic session tonight via Facebook.

Gwamba, real name Duncan Zgambo, who announced that he would be introducing the Malawi Hip-Hop Awards in November this year, called on people to join them during the session.

“We will be performing from the studio, this is just to connect with people who love our music, since we cannot host shows at the moment,” he said.

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The world has been hit hard by Covid-19 pandemic which continues to claim a lot of lives and has forced countries to put up several precautionary measures to avoid futher spread of the virus, and the measures includes bans on public gatherings.

Due to the pandemic and a ban on public gatherings, Gwamba postponed the launch of his album, ‘Mama Said God First’ which was supposed to be held in March in Mzuzu and later in Blantyre.

“Things will be better. God will take us through. For now, let us continue to follow the necessary precautionary measures in the fight against the pandemic,” he said.

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Gwamba said he was happy to perform with Lawi in this free acoustic session.

The two artists have worked together in some projects including Gwamba’s latest album where Lawi featured in the track titled ‘Akondakitale’.

Last month, Gwamba also used Instagram platform to do a live friendly musical battle with Suffix.

Several artists have used the different online platforms to reach out to people with performances.

Lawi real name Francis Phiri, Thursday said that the acoustic session was a great idea as a coping mechanism.

“For example, in a period of two months now, I have heard a few cases of suicide in South Africa, a few attempted suicide cases in other countries as well. Dark times draw dark thoughts and it is in this time that we must inspire good thoughts,” he said.

Lawi, who has featured in a Covid-19 international music project of 13 artists, with him flying Malawi’s flag, said this may be entertainment but it was a great therapy.

“It is a small performance but worthy it and I am looking forward to it,” he said.

Despite struggling to make ends meet as artists due to a ban on public gatherings, artists have been forced to think outside the box to utilise online to hold performances but also at the same time generate funds by selling songs.

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