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Mum leader calls for support to creatives

Unveils hymns album

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Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) President Gloria Manong’a took advantage of her 40th birthday celebration last Sunday at Blantyre Sports Club to call upon companies and well-wishers to support artists in the country.

The gospel musician, who has backed lots of musicians in the country, said Malawi has lots of talented artists but many have failed to progress because of lack of support.

Manong’a, famed for songs such as ‘Chilengedwe’ and ‘Alibe Bvumbulutso’, said, having turned 40, she decided to celebrate her birthday in a special way by inviting friends, relatives and fellow artists.

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She took advantage of the birthday celebration to unveil a hymns album, which saw people pledging huge amounts to buy it and it included legislator Chipiliro Mpinganjira, who got it at K200,000.

During the celebration, Manong’a also performed some of the tracks in her hymns album.

“I would like to thank God that I have made it to 40 and I thought it wise to celebrate with family, friends, relatives and fellow artists. I also decided to take advantage of the event to unveil my hymn album,” Manong’a said.

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She said two people inspired her to record the hymn album.

“I met Mrs Rice and I was trying to sell my album to her but she told me she already had most of my albums. It was then that she asked me to work on a hymns album but, having already drained resources on another album, I told her it would be difficult to do it because of resources,” Manong’a said.

It was then that she was assisted with money to record it and that she also got support from Gospel Mavutula.

“There are several hymn albums which have been done by artists out there but Mrs Rice and Mr Mavutula asked me to sing them the way they are sung in the church and never change anything. I did just that,” she said.

The colourful event, hosted by radio personality Chikondi Phinda, was also spiced up by performances from artists such as Piksy and Sam Smack.

Other artists who were present included Princess Chitsulo, Favoured Martha, Khuza Rampi and Phalyce Mang’anda.

Other renowned people who graced the occasion and also made speeches included former MBC director general Chimwemwe Banda and Reverend Fletcher Kaiya.

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