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Music Crossroads plans academy in Blantyre

By Sam Banda Jnr:

Music Crossroads Malawi continues to do its best in uplifting the creative industry in the country and has since announced that it would open an academy in Blantyre.

This comes after the successful stories of the Music Crossroads Academy in Lilongwe which has produced several graduates in music.

“A lot of people have been on our neck calling for the opening of an academy in Blantyre, so we have those plans and, resources permitting, we should make progress this year,” Music Crossroads Malawi Director Mathews Mfune, said Wednesday.

The academy in Lilongwe has trained several artists, who are currently doing well on the ground.

“All we want is to have a country which has professional musicians who are conversant with all the demands of music; you talk of playing instruments, reading music, stage management and many other areas. We are happy with progress we have made,” he said.

He said they are weighing the pros and cons of starting classes at Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC).

Apart from expanding the music academy to Blantyre, Mfune said Music Crossroads Malawi has other projects they want to do this year.

“For instance, we want to host the first international girls rock camp next month, host the second international creative training camp, host the first DJ lab to train DJs and work on a DJ competition. We are also looking at hosting the first ever national cultural conference,” Mfune said.

Having successfully managed to achieve a lot in 2018 including hosting the Ethno Malawi in Mchinji, Mfune said they are working on sending 10 kids to an educational and cultural tour of Spain in April.

“All these programmes are part of propelling the creative industry. All we are looking for is support. We will also be organising a tour of Hear Us Children to Brazil and conduct the Ethno Malawi Music in May as well as the Malawi Music Camp in December,” Mfune said.

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