Poet Marumbo Sichinga has said he is ready to fight for the country and achieve success as he battles it out with other African representatives in the Africa Cup of Slam Poetry that takes place every two years.
The first edition was in N’Djamena, Chad, in 2018, with 20 countries competing and Senegal emerging winner.
Marumbo, who has offered his poetry in several platforms in the country, said Tuesday that the Africa Cup of Slam Poetry opening ceremony took place on Monday, when a draw was also done.
“Thirty-three countries will compete in the first round from Tuesday (yesterday) to Friday. The top four on Tuesday will compete with top four for Wednesday (today) contest. The top four for Thursday will compete with the top four for Friday,” the youthful poet said.
Marumbo also said that the first phase of the contest will be online and that the second phase will be quarter finals whereas the semi-finals will take place in November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“I am competing on Friday against South Sudan, Morocco, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Madagascar, Niger and Burundi,” he said.
Marumbo, who has poetry collections in his cabinet, said he has been rehearsing and putting together his best poems so as to make history for Malawi.
“I am excited and nervous at the same time but I am looking forward to the support from my country,” he said.
As a spoken-word artist and poet, whose poetry is deeply rooted in the understanding of culture, life, love and God, Marumbo said his works draw deeply from life’s experiences and his observations to create well-meaning and relatable poetry that not only entertains but also educates and raises awareness on struggles and issues of daily life.
Marumbo showed these attributes in an array of contexts in his debut Extended Playlist titled Broken Keys. His other works include Conversations of A Broken and Mended Heart.
Organisers of African Cup of Slam Poetry say that this platform is a source of motivation “when we know that in Africa art does not feed its man”.
The organisers further say that, through this continental competition, they encourage and support young talented artists in the art of public speaking to consider professional careers.
This is the second edition of the contest which was supposed to take place in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia in November 2020 but failed due to Covid before being moved to this year.
Marumbo was nominated to represent Malawi by poet and Tumaini Festival founder Menes la Plume.