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Lusubilo Band, Ulimba leave for Germany Oct 22

After performing at Robins Park in Blantyre on Saturday, Karonga-based group Lusubilo Band, Andromeda Mega Express from Germany and Ulimba from Nsanje on Sunday performed at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.

The three groups are working together in a project termed What Boundaries? and among others, it seeks to bring awareness on the use of traditional instruments but also tell it all that music is an international language.

The trio started their project with a workshop in Karonga where they shared ideas and perfected their works for a week before going down to performances.

Lusubilo Music Centre Director, Professor Agnes Kim, said yesterday that the performances in Karonga, Mzuzu, Blantyre and Lilongwe have been successful although she bemoaned the poor attendance in other venues.

Kim said they were happy that the last show in Lilongwe attracted a good audience including government officials.

“The performances have been great and the three groups have done really well. The last show on Sunday in Lilongwe was a success because we had a good audience,” she said.

Professor Kim said Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra led by her son Daniel Glatzel left the country on Tuesday.

She said that having had performances in the country, it was now time to look forward to performances in Germany where Lusubilo and Ulimba will fly the country’s flag.

“We will leave for Germany on October 22 and come back on November 2. We are looking forward to the Germany trip because it will give a chance to people there to watch music from Malawi,” she said.

Professor Kim said she wants to see to it that the country excels in music and that this is why she established the Lusubilo Music Centre further revealing that she has built hostels where students will be staying during their musical studies.

“There is talent in the country and as an opera singer I thought I should play a part in developing this talent. There are currently three students studying music in Korea and once they come back they will play a crucial role in teaching others,” Kim said.

Meanwhile Professor Kim has said Lusubilo Band which has an album to its credit titled Africa Inuka, will perform at the Lake of Stars Festival at Chintheche Inn in Nkhata Bay on October 1 before they leave for Germany.

The Lake of Stars Festival will be held from September 30 through to October 2 and some of the other acts set to light the event this year include Theo Thomson, Patience Namadingo, Piksy and South Africa’s Freshlyground.

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