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Hear Us Children readies for Brazil

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

After participating in an exchange programme in Spain last month, Hear Us Children, which is a creative art group from Music Crossroads Malawi, is set to go on another exchange programme in Brazil.

The trips are part of annual exchange programmes.

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Music Crossroads Malawi Director, Mathews Mfune, said Monday the group was expected to leave the country on May 31 2019 and will be there for three weeks.

“We are excited that Hear Us Children is going on another exchange programme in Brazil. The exchange programmes have been very beneficial in terms of sharing ideas. In Spain, we had another team and, in Brazil, we will also have another team.

“There are several benefits with these exchange programmes; the children share ideas, network and, most of all, hold performances where they showcase traditional dances from Malawi,” Mfune said.

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He said the children use Hear Us to talk about education, health, environment, family support, child marriages and sexual harassment, among others topics.

“The name Hear Us tells it all that it is a group of children that wants to be heard. Their activities have also been used as a platform for personal development, socialisation and inclusion. Music, dance and theatre are used as tools and medium to achieve these expected results,” Mfune said.

He said they believe that such media are the best for children to express their feelings while developing their life and career skills.

“So we have also created a great platform for career development. Asante Maulidi, Prince Banda and Precious Ngulube are some of those who have proceeded to graduate and are doing much more in the industry and others have gone universities,” Mfune said.

The group recently starred at the Ethno Malawi Music Camp in Chingalire, Lilongwe.

“It is important to teach these children some of the traditional dances performed in the country and I am happy that many have learnt. Apart from learning the dances, they are also taken through some of the drums used during these traditional dances,” veteran trainer John Duma, who is set to accompany the children, said.

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