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Kenny Gilmore plans more acts

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Harmonica player, singer and songwriter Kenny Gilmore, who used to star with Sangalala Band and is famed for the song ‘Ngati Mafunde’, said Tuesday he has plans to hold more performances in the country.

Gilmore, who is now based in Brazil, last year launched a book Harmonica Diaries at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre where he also held a performance with saxophonist player Rick Deja.

“I intend to come back and hold more performances. Malawi is my second home and so I still hold it highly. I would like to do more as far as music is concerned. There is so much I am planning and there is a band here which I have been playing with and wants to come to Malawi for performances,” Gilmore said.

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The artist over the weekend had a performance in Brazil and has indicated that he has new songs which he has produced using his favourite player – the harmonica.

“There is so much I am targeting doing and at the moment I am just making plans to make sure that I come and hold performances but also work on a number of projects. Just like in Malawi, there is so much talent in Brazil and if we can have Malawian artists coming down here for performances and Brazilian artists coming there, that would be good for the industry,” Gilmore said.

Having had stints in Malawi, London in United Kingdom and El Salvador, Gilmore has cultivated an ambition to push the boundaries of traditional harmonica playing to include not only blues but blues rock, jazz, reggae, Latin and African music.

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“I actually want to rework on the ‘Mafunde’ song again and probably ‘Malawian queen’, which I recorded in 2005 and 2006 respectively. I did ‘Mafunde long time ago and now I need to breath in new life in the song. I am targeting working with a number of artists especially Faith Mussa. Faith Mussa has always impressed me and I met him in Lilongwe so I hope we do something,” Gilmore said.

He said there was need for Malawian music to take up its spot on the international market saying there was a lot of talent.

“There is so much talent in Malawi which needs to be exported and all we can do is to work together and as I indicated earlier, I am working on a number of plans and hope it works and if all goes according to plan I might come for performances later this year,” Gilmore said.

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