By Sam Banda Jnr:
Lilongwe-base d musician Lazarus Chigwandali alongside filmmaker Clem Kwizombe left the country yesterday for United States of America (USA) where Lazarus’ documentary will be premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The documentary will be premiered in New York starting from tomorrow until May 4 2019.
Esau Mwamwaya of The Very Best, who has also been working with Lazarus, said yesterday he was happy that Lazarus had made the trip to USA.
“Lazarus is very talented. He has done a lot of songs and through his music he has shown his potential. So the film is also telling his story and the world will sample his story from where he started to where he is now and the stories of people living with albinism,” Mwamwaya said.
This is a documentary shot by Emmy winner and academy award nominee David Darg from Los Angeles assisted by the country’s filmmaker, Clem Kwizombe, who is based in Lilongwe.
According to a shot synopsis, the film tells the story of Lazarus, a street side musician, who was born with albinism, who basks in the streets of Lilongwe singing about the plight of people with albinism, who are being killed for their body parts in Malawi and East Africa.
Lazarus has defied all odds to use music to talk about different issues as well as condemn those killing persons with albinism.
On March 8 2019, Lazarus released a song ‘Ndife Alendo’ where he recounts what is happening in the country specifically looking into the killing of people living with albinism.
“It is a gospel song where I am also informing people that this world is not our home. We are just passing through,” Lazarus told The Daily Times last month.
A musician extra-ordinarie, who has never gone to any music school, Lazarus’ name is now trending outside the country where some of his music videos posted on YouTube caught the attention of some creative players including a member of The Very Best, Johan Hugo.
He has in the past been performing in the streets in search of income but now he is singing a different story as he has had performances in top festivals such as Lake of Stars and Tumaini.
As a person living with albinism, Lazarus’ dream is to be the best artist and use his art to speak for the voiceless especially people living with albinism and also establish an organisation.
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