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Madalitso Band’s Intercity Live Fest act to open doors—manager

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Madalitso Band, the duo of Yosefe Kalekeni and Yobu Maligwa finally starred at Intercity Live Festival held in Ukraine on Saturday representing Malawi and Africa.

The group, just like all the other performers, did not travel to Ukraine due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The festival which saw artists from Ukraine performing live was broadcast on YouTube channel of popular Ukrainian show Television Toronto.

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Madalitso Band Manager Neil Nayar, said Sunday it was an honour for them to be invited to the festival being a big event in Ukraine but said if they were to organise their own online show would do it differently.

Their performance on Saturday attracted comments with some describing their music as beautiful and great.

Some of the songs they offered during the act include ‘Wasalala’ and ‘Vinavina’, a song in which they speak volumes about the beauty of Malawi.

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On whether the group benefited anything from the online festival, Nayar, said they had a way to accept money.

“So we might get a little bit but it wasn’t really the point from our side. You know the first time we went to Europe, we came back with very little but it opened doors. So for us this show and the single we have done with a Ukrainian band has a possibility to open doors in Ukraine, Russia and other countries,” he said.

Nayar said Malawi is not yet known in most European countries and that the duo’s performance has exposed Malawi.

“Ukraine is also a little known country. We always want to work with UK, France, USA and others. But there is something magic when smaller countries collaborate. I support this and encourage Malawian musicians to remember that there are 251 countries in the world and we can connect with any and all, not just big countries,” the manager said.

Madalitso Band made their breakthrough on the international stage three years ago when they performed at the Sauti za Busara Festival in Tanzania where they were spotted by European agents.

Since then they have been on the move flying the country’s flag in different European countries and last year they shared the stage with Faith Mussa at a show in United Kingdom.

Their traditional music coming from the dusty area of Mtandire in Lilongwe has won the hearts of many people outside the country.

And as the World Music Day was being commemorated Sunday, Nayar, wished Malawi a happy music moment.

“Malawian music is gaining more recognition on the world stage. I am sure there are many people in different countries listening to Malawian music today. Madalitso Band, George Kalukusha, Faith Mussa, Lazarus and Gasper Nali have a growing international following. Let us support them at home,” he said.

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