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Music Crossroads offers hope Ethno Music Camp

FLASHBACK—Participants during the Ethno Music Camp at Chingalire in Lilongwe in 2019

Mathews Mfune

Music Crossroads Malawi said yesterday that they were making preparations to hold the 2020/21 Ethno Music Camp having failed to do so last year due to Covid.

With the situation yet to normalise as there are still increases Covid cases, Music Crossroads Malawi Director Mathews Mfune said they were looking forward to hold all the programmes they cancelled last year.

“We were affected by the pandemic last year such that we cancelled all the programmes including Ethno Music Camp. We have been making consultations and we have resolved that we should run all the programmes this year,” Mfune said.

He however was quick to say that they come out to give proper information on the programmes.

On Ethno Music Camp which is a gathering that aims at propelling playing and preserving of traditional instruments, Mfune said they have already made progress including setting up the dates.

“On the dates for Ethno Music Camp, we are planning to have it on April 26 through to May1. The past events we have been having quite a big number but with the pandemic, we are targeting a maximum number of 30 people,” Mfune said.

He also said that they were working on the venue for the camp, having run the previous ones at Kayesa Inn in Mchinji, Chingalire in Lilongwe and Ntchisi.

“We have been trying to get suggestions because we have some who still look to Chingalire, Mchinji and Ntchisi. But there is a new place in Salima which is also there for us to explore and so, we are looking at options,” he said.

Mfune said they have since already made a visit to Salima and that now they will be trying to compare costs with the other places to make a final decision.

“By Friday we should come back to inform the media on concrete information as regards Ethno Music Camp,” he said.

The previous editions of the camp have attracted both local and international participants.

Mfune said they would want to make the Ethno Music Camp huge so as to promote and preserve traditional instruments which are part of the country’s culture.

Some of the players of traditional instruments in the country include veteran ethno-musician Charles Chavaramangwere Mkanthama

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