By Sam Banda Jnr:
After their musical heroics at this year’s World Youth Day in Panama last month, when they represented Malawi and Africa, Balaka-based musical group Alleluya Band is set to leave for Italy in June where they are expected to hold close to 28 shows.
This is an annual outing which Alleluya Band uses to raise funds for different development projects at Andiamo in Balaka District.
Alleluya Band leader Paul Subiri confirmed of the trip Tuesday.
“We are expected to leave the country on June 1 2019 and will be back on August 27 2019. We will be out for three months and we are undergoing massive rehearsals,” Subiri said.
The band leader said despite making several trip to Italy, the group offers new things every year and performs to different audiences.
“These trips are made for a cause. Over the years, there have been a lot of things done through the performances we hold in different places. For instance, this year, we will be raising funds to support Comfort Clinic so that children up to the age of 15 years should be receiving treatment free-of-charge,” Subiri said.
He added that, in Italy, they also have opportunities to meet with well-wishers who have been assisting the band since 1977.
“As indicated, we have close to 28 performances but we expect to go beyond that because some places have also shown interest in sampling our performances,” he said.
The group has produced several artists and they include Paul Banda and his brother Lucius and Charles Sinetre among others.