Low turnout at Sounds of Malawi


Sounds of Malawi Acoustic session is back following its re-launch on Thursday at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.

The sessions have been on a break for over a year because of the closure of JCC due to Covid.

However, with the government loosening up on restrictions and also cases decreasing, JCC has reopened its doors.


Lilongwe-based group Madalitso Band, the duo of Yobu Maligwa and Yosefe Kalekeni, debuted at the show which has featured a number of renowned artists.

The session suffered a setback as it attracted low patronage.

“We enjoyed the outing. This is our first time to perform here and we hope to have more performances,” Maligwa, who plays a babatoni, one stringed guitar, said.


The duo, which underwent a question and answer session as per the tradition of Sounds of Malawi platform, performed songs off their albums Fungo la Nyemba and Wasalala.

Madalitso Band, which has toured Europe over the years and dates France next month, also managed to share with the audience a new track titled ‘Katangale’. This is a song that talks about corruption happening in the country.

JCC Director Luc Deschamps said they have reopened.

“Sounds of Malawi Acoustic session is a platform that seeks to promote arts and culture. The audience was unimpressive but we need to rebuild it since this is the first show after a long break,” Deschamps said.

The Sounds of Malawi Acoustic session is hosted by musician Code Sangala.

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