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Isaac Kasenjere keeps ventriloquism alive

KASENJERE — This is an art that is exciting

Zomba-based artist Isaac Kasenjere said Wednesday that ventriloquism is an art the country should embrace in this modern era.

Kasenjere is one of the few players that are into ventriloquism and has held performances in different platforms.

According to available information, ventriloquism, or ventriloquy, is a performance act of stagecraft in which a person (a ventriloquist) creates the illusion that their voice is coming from elsewhere, usually a puppeteered prop known as a dummy.

The act of ventriloquism is ventriloquising, and the ability to do so is commonly called in English the ability to throw one’s voice.

“This is an art that is exciting and can be used not only for entertainment but disseminating vital messages out there. It is unfortunate that, at times, people look at ventriloquism as something which is for children but it is not. The fact that there is use of puppets does not necessary mean it’s an art for children; this is for everyone,” Kasenjere said.

He also called upon events organisers in the country to give ventriloquism space as part of bringing variety.

“If we are to grow our art, then we have to embrace all the art disciplines. It is my hope that event organisers and festivals will open up to this art which is equally exciting. From the performances I have had so far, the response I have received is overwhelming and I hope we can build on this,” Kasenjere said.

With his puppet, which has a name, Kasenjere interacts with it by engaging in different conversations affecting society.

“I love to call myself an artist because, apart from ventriloquism, I am also into writing and, so, I have put all these together to strengthening ventriloquism. I am always free to talk about issues affecting society with this art and I will continue doing so,” he said.

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