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Kwathu to premiere ‘Umboni wa Mwana’

Kwathu Drama Group, which is one of the oldest drama outfits in the country, has announced that it will premiere its 2018 production Umboni wa Mwana this weekend.

The play will premiere on Sunday afternoon at Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) and then Gymkhana Club in Zomba on May 1.

Umboni Wamwana was expected to be premiered during Easter but Kwathu cancelled the shows due to illness of Eric Mabedi, who is the group’s director.

Mabedi, who was hospitalised at Mwaiwathu Hospital in Blantyre last month, said yesterday he has recovered.

“We are ready with Umboni wa Mwana which was written by Bon Kalindo, better known as Winiko,” Mabedi said.

The veteran actor said Umboni wa Mwana is a play that is focusing on men, who abandon their responsibilities when they impregnate women out of wedlock.

“There are a lot of men out there, who refuse to take responsibility whenever they impregnate a woman outside marriage, only to reappear later to claim the child,” Mabedi said.

He said, as a group, their focus has been to tackle real life stories that the society is experiencing and bring about solutions.

Mabedi hailed Kalindo for coming up with the play, adding that they would want more members in the group to come up with productions as part of bringing out variety.

For a long time, Mabedi and another veteran actor Charles Mphoka have been at the helm, stitching several plays.

But some quarters have suggested that Kwathu should have a variety of plays coming from different players to avoid having similar stories and presentation styles.

Mabedi said Umboni wa Mwana has a cast of 10 and that some of the actors starring in the play include Kalindo, Mphoka, Moses Mandebvu, Linda Chatha, Mwandipa Chimaliro, Enifa Chiwaya and Ferguson Magona.

“We would also like to thank MultiChoice Malawi for their support always. We just want to call upon people to come in large numbers and, with the 2018 World Cup in Russia, it will also give a chance to people to buy decoders which will be on sale,” he said.

Mabedi said they will continue to give people the best entertainment through drama.

Kwathu recently staged their old play Alibe Pabwino.

Last year according to Mabedi, Kwathu produced three plays, Chaulere, which was launched in January followed by Mulhakho Na Mphatizano premiered on Independence Day and then Chibwana.

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