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Mum Southern Chapter adds voice on new government

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KAMWENDO BANDA—Life needs to change in the
creative sector

Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) Southern Chapter Tuesday joined several other players in the creative industry, who have welcomed the new government led by President Lazarus Chakwera and his Vice Saulos Chilima.

Chakwera and Chilima were sworn in as President and Vice on Sunday during the swearing in ceremony held at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

Mum Southern Chapter Chairperson Ethel Kamwendo Banda, said they were looking forward to working with the new government and give it all the support.

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“We are hopeful that the new government will support the creative sector which has been sidelined for a long time. We just want to join our National Executive Committee and the rest of the other players to thank the new government, we have hope we will be assisted and we are ready to give them support too,” Kamwendo Banda said.

Kamwendo Banda, who has been in the music industry for long starting off in secular with among others, Ravers Band before going solo to do gospel music, life has been hard for artists in the country in that there was no Arts Council.

“Since the Cultural Policy was approved, we have been looking forward to the Arts Council but up to now it is not on the ground. This is why we have arts associations operating without offices and without any subvention. We have talent which if it is supported can do more in marketing the country. There is just so much that we are looking for and we are optimistic we will be assisted this time,” the ‘Ndiumboni’ star, said.

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She said a lot of arts players have contributed immensely to the development of the country but have not benefited anything from their sweat.

“Life needs to change in the creative sector, we have suffered a lot. We do more but get nothing in return. At the moment, we are struggling without live shows which are our source of income but needed support of a package just like in other countries. We want to have grants where we can be able to represent the country outside just like our friends do in other countries,” Kamwendo Banda said.

Meanwhile Zambia’s controversial musician General Kanene has collaborated with the country’s artist Emmanuel Ghost Mbewe to release a track that is welcoming President Chakwera.

This is part two of the song as the two acts also collaborated in part one of the track which was released during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regime.

In part two of the song, Kanene and Mbewe speak volumes of the challenges facing soldiers in the country among others.

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