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Madalitso Band gears for Europe

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

EUROPE BOUND —Yosefe

Madalitso Band, the duo of Yobu Maligwa and Yosefe Kalekeni which recently released their second album Wasalala are set to tour Europe with several performances lined up.

The group’s co-manager Emmanuel Kamwenje said Monday all is set for Madalitso Band’s Europe tour and that they are expected to leave on June 4 2019, three days after Alleluya Band also makes their annual tour of Italy.

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“Preparations are underway to make sure that the tour is a success but this time around they are set to perform in many festivals. It is actually a 60 days tour with France as the main hub where they will hold 20 gigs,” Kamwenje said.

He said apart from France, the group which made a breakthrough on the international stage after their performance at Sauti za Busara Festival in Tanzania in 2017, Madalitso Band will also perform in Norway, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

“In United Kingdom they will be performing at Womad and Wilderness festivals where Faith Mussa will be playing as well so the picture looks good for Madalitso Band as well as Malawi.”

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Kamwenje, who manages Madalitso Band alongside Neil Nayar, said they would want Malawi music to penetrate the international market and open up more doors.

“It is not only about Madalitso Band but we are looking at opening more doors for Malawian artists. We need to embrace all these international festivals if we are to shine,” he said.

Madalitso Band has made strides from performing in the streets in Lilongwe to representing the country on different international platforms.

Their performance at Sauti za Busara Festival remains key as it is the one which opened up opportunities after they were spotted by event organisers.

Kamwenje also said that having released their second album, the group now has more songs to offer to the audiences.

“The second album talks about an orphaned girl child who struggles with life but later light shines on her after being assisted by some well-wishers hence the title Wasalala,” Kamwenje said.

Madalitso Band debuted with Fungo la Nyemba.

With some of the songs released earlier online, the album has earned itself a place on the Transglobal World Music Chart which is a network of world music specialised journalists, critics, writers and DJs.

Madalitso Band’s Wasalala is listed on position 32 on the list which also includes renowned Mali star Salif Keita on position 17.

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