By Sam Banda Jnr:
Hear Us Children, which is a creative art group from Music Crossroads Malawi, leaves the country on Sunday for Spain for a cultural exchange programme.
Apart from Spain, the group which aims at empowering children to speak for themselves and peers on different issues that affect them by using art is also expected to tour Brazil in June.
One of the people who is part of the tour, Chifundo Sandy, who is a lead vocalist for Daughters Band and also trains music pedagogy at Music Crossroads Academy said yesterday all is set for the trip.
“We are ready for the programme and we are excited to represent Malawi in Spain. We have a team of 13 people and this includes 10 children and three trainers,” Sandy said.
She said they are expected back on April 10 2019.
Music Crossroads Director Mathews Mfune said Hear Us Children has been instrumental in using art to bring awareness on different issues.
Mfune said the children use Hear Us to talk about education, health, environment, family support, child marriages and sexual harassment among others.
“This is basically a platform that has helped a lot of children and it is also used for career development. Several members have starred in the group and have proceeded to graduate and are doing more in the music industry and others have gone to the university,” Mfune said.
He said Hear Us Children has been touring Spain for some time and that every trip is unique for the children who share skills including traditional dances.
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