Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) president Gloria Manong’a on Thursday debuted at Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.
Manong’a admitted after her performance that she was challenged during the concert as she had to perform more songs unlike during other gospel concerts where one normally serve few songs.
“It was my first time to perform here but I have found this platform tough and at the same time interesting in that I connected with the audience,” she said.
Manong’a, however, needs to speak less as a musician and then do the talking through music.
Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session has opened up to artists by giving them a platform to showcase their talents. The stage has seen both budding and established musicians performing.
Manong’a is among the few women artists, who have performed at the stage and the others include Estiner Katengeza, Anita Denga, Eunice Kadzuwa Mhango and Codi.
“The other thing I have learnt is that as musicians, we need to do more in terms of utilising our traditional dances and give people authentic music,” she said.
Her remarks come two days after veteran musician Stain Phiri, a former keyboardist for Kalimba, called on up and coming musicians to stick to their own original songs and avoid copying genres from outside.
The show hosted by ethno-musician Waliko Makhala has a question and answer session that gives a chance to the audience to interact with musicians and get to know their story.