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I gave an American $5— Giddes Chalamanda

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Veteran artist, Giddes Chalamanda, who last year fulfilled his dream of visiting the United States of America (US), has said he will never forget the day he gave an American beggar $5 during his memorable tour.

“Ndidathandiza munthu ndi $5 m’dziko la America. Ndinkangowona ngati anthu amavutika kwathu komwe kuno basi, koma ndidadziwonera ndekha m’dziko la America [I gave an American $5 when I was in America. I thought poverty was endemic in Malawi but I witnessed suffering first hand in America],” Chalamanda told patrons to Edgar ndi Davis and Giddes Chalamanda show at Premier Lodge in Blantyre.

Chalamanda said it will take a long time for him to forget that moment, adding that his trip last year taught him that suffering is everywhere.

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Chalamanda’s trip to the U.S. is not the first air trip in his life.

He said, contrary to people’s perceptions that he had never boarded an airplane, he has been to Germany twice.

“So, it was not the first time for me to board a plane. By the way, the other thing you may wish to know is that I used to compose English songs in the 1970s, but I stopped after some people told me that, ‘This is Malawi. Why are you singing in English’. I have done some memorable things in the country,” Chalamanda said in an interview before the Premier Lodge show.

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