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Journalist Frank Kapesa stars at Sounds of Malawi

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Veteran journalist Frank Kapesa last Thursday showed his musical artistry when he debuted at Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.

The renowned broadcaster, who works for MBC TV, has been covering stories of artists and in recent times he has also patronised performances of artists at Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session.

Kapesa has been perfecting his musical skills the past years including learning to play the guitar and last Thursday decided to take a step to perform for the first time.

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His close to one hour performance saw him journey with the audience to Chitipa District in the Northern Region and offered about 10 songs.

The songs that showed the beauty of the country’s traditional dances were not his original works.

“Mine is still work in progress. I am passionate about music. Malawi has talent but I observed that we do not have more music from Chitipa being played in our radio and television stations. This is why I thought it wise to give people sounds from Chitipa,” he said.

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Kapesa said most of the songs he performed were heard during ceremonies in Chitipa.

“Some of these songs are lamentations. There are songs that are performed during funeral ceremonies,” he said.

Kapesa said that this was the beginning of more things to come and that he would soon craft his own songs and release an album.

Other notable people who patronised the concert included Malawi National Netball Team coach Peace Chawinga, who joined Kapesa to play backing vocals in one of the songs.

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