Poets, who have fallen into the habit of incorporating studio music in their works, have decided to let poetry be poetry and music be music, following revelations that this year’s Katambalale wa Alakatuli will be spiced with a live band performance.
During the four years that Katambalale wa Alakatuli has become a fixture on the annual arts calendar, a live band has never been part of the activities.
But one of the organisers of this year’s event, Mollen Nazombe, said in an interview Wednesday that organisers of the January 29 event have accommodated a band, Mibawa.
“Actually, Mibawa Band will perform live and we hope that this will offer poetry lovers a chance to enjoy both poetry and music,” Nazombe said.
Nazombe— known for such poems as Kalata kwa Aunt, Ng’ombe ya Mkaka, Suja Mmati Ndiyododa’— said this year’s event will also offer up-and-coming poets an opportunity to showcase their skills.
He said, for example, that poets who appear on posters are the ones that would be paid a performance fee, but non-paid poets would also recite.
The poet added that the event would have two sections: VIP and ordinary. He said the VIP section would cost K500 more than the ordinary section.
Recently, one of the organisers, Kenneth Khondiwa, said the event had been organised in conjunction with Mibawa Studios,” Khondiwa said.
“You may wish to know that we hold two big shows every year, one in Lilongwe and another in Blantyre. We also hold shows in some districts and we plan to do the same this year,” Khondiwa said.
Some of the artists who are expected to recite at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall on January 29 include Raphael Sitima, Mollen Nazombe, Joseph Madzedze, Khondiwa, among others. Mr Jokes and Madalitso Nyambo are also set to perform.
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