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Malawi Folk Dance ready with 50 Knockout contest

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Malawi Folk Dance Music and Songs Society (MFDMSS) has said that it has finalised everything as regards preparations for its debut contest named 50 Knockout Dance competition.

The association’s chairperson James Kitchen said Wednesday their target was to reach out to 50 dancers countrywide.

The competition starts on June 25 2022 at Makata Ground in Ndirande, Blantyre, before moving to Masintha Ground in Lilongwe on July 9 and then Katoto Ground in Mzuzu on July 16.

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“Our activities involve the community and this is why we are holding them in the communities. Each region will produce the best three dancers, who will receive their prizes outright. At the moment, we are working on the prizes but we will come out with the figures very soon,” Kitchen said.

He said the aim of the 50 Knockout competition is to create a platform for dancers to showcase their work.

“Traditional dancers and other dancers do not have a space to showcase their talent and mostly they are hired during political events and at times feature in music videos. We want them to be vibrant and have platforms. So, we have two categories; contemporary, which is for modern dancers; and, then, traditional which targets dancers of traditional dances,” Kitchen said.

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He also said the competition was about visibility and show the world the beauty of Malawian traditional dances.

“We need to bring our traditional dances to light; we need to value our own. We, as a country, need to do more in terms of promoting and preserving our culture and, at the same time, shine with our identity,” Kitchen said.

Meanwhile, Kitchen has said the three winners in each region will also have a chance of performing at their inaugural National Cultural Festival to be held at Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe on September 30 to October 1 2022.

He then hailed Admarc Sacco for oiling their activities this year totaling K2.5 million, with K1.5 million going towards the National Cultural Festival.

Having been inactive for some time, the association seems to be going in the right direction and recently it launched the Beauty Fologonya Arts Production.

The enterprise was named in honour of its vice president, who is a Blantyre-based artist.

The association said Beauty Fologonya Arts Production, which is aimed at empowering artists in the country, is expected to reach out to 2,880 members.

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