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Intimate Sessions out to propel Malawi talent

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As one way of dealing with what they describe as a lack of appreciation of exceptional musical talent, Dikamawoko Arts and Isabella’s Management are set to roll out live performances, dubbed Intimate Sessions on friday.

Dikamawoko Arts’ Creative Director Tawonga Nkhonjera said the country’s music terrain is laden with mixed fortunes, a development which has often killed talent.

“If you observe Malawian music, you will notice so many world class artists that do not receive the appreciation they deserve or command; you will notice so many brilliant talents that are disillusioned or have even completely given up; you will notice artists struggling to make ends meet financially and yet are spoken of in superlative admiration when it comes to their art,” Nkhonjera said.

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He said the problem around this was two-fold.

“In some cases, despite the brilliance of the art that the musicians produce, the artists do not recoup the financial gains they dream of when producing,” he said.

Nkhonjera said this was largely because many do not have a clue of how to go about marketing their talent.

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“Other artists do not even have a clue onwho to approach while some have no idea which market base consumes their art. The result is that music lovers end up missing out on good art. They do not develop appreciation of the good art and, therefore, do not create a market for good art,” he said.

Jazz maestro Erik Paliani, who has worked with world class musicians such as Zamajobe Sithole, guitarist Lee Ritenour and legendary Hugh Masekela, will kick off the Intimate Sessions on Friday.

Isabella’s Management, steered by Axchelle Sibelle, has previously hosted talents like Dan Lu, Dali, Tigris, Felix Jere, Marco Kamba and Ben Mankhamba.

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