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Malawi Folk Dance plans own festival

REVIVAL—Some of the members who patronised the meeting on Friday

Malawi Folk Dance, Music, Songs and Society (MFDMSS) which is in the process of reviving its activities, on Friday held its extra-ordinary meeting in Lilongwe which according to its taskforce chairperson, James Kitchen, attracted 38 members.

The body was expected to hold its AGM including elections but this was put on hold.

Kitchen said they have planned to hold the AGM on February 28 at Music Crossroads in Lilongwe where they will elect the new Nec as well as amend its constitution.

He also said that they are planning to have a National Cultural Arts Festival to be held in August 2020.

“The festival will start at regional level before going national. Being a cultural association, we want to have our own festival which is set to showcase traditional dances, games, songs, food and artworks. We know there are other cultural gatherings but this would be national,” Kitchen said.

Ethno-musician Waliko Makhala, who is the body’s chairperson, said on Thursday they were on a serious move of reviving the MFDMSS.

“We have a lot of members now and new dance troupes. We must admit, the association has not been active,” Makhala said.

He said traditional dance forms were evolving with time hence they needed to energise the grouping so as to advance the cultural agenda.

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