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Music Crossroads sends artists to Brazil, Norway

Music Crossroads Malawi is again, sending another cohort of young artists to Brazil, Norway and Mozambique on a Musicians Organisers Volunteer Exchange (Move) programme.

The exchange programme, in its seventh year, has benefitted a lot of young artists, some of whom have gone on to excel in the industry.

The current cohort is expected to leave the country Tuesday for Norway, where they are expected to undergo a two-week preparatory course before being deployed to countries.

Music Crossroads Malawi Director, Mathews Mfune, that all was set for the artists to go for the exchange programme.

Music Crossroads Malawi released names of the successful students in May and according to Mfune, the selected candidates went through a rigorous process of application, interviews and auditions.

Some of the selected candidates include 24-year-old Chisomo Chimoto, a sister to renowned musician Skeffa Chimoto, who is leaving for Brazil alongside Jimmy Thera.

The others are Daniel Khoviwa who is going to Norway and Lisa Banda, who is going to Mozambique.

Khoviwa said he was excited to have been selected for the Move programme.

“I didn’t see this coming but, when I was doing the auditions, I had this feeling that I would make it. I am happy and looking forward to the best,” he said.

Banda, who is a dancer and a member of Hear Us Children of the Music Crossroads, said she was looking forward to the trip.

“I am prepared and, apart from learning, I will also share what we have here in Malawi as regards traditional dances,” she said.

Move is a volunteer project that exchanges young musicians and organisers between partner organisations that include Music Crossroads Malawi, Music Crossroads Mozambique, JM Norway and Projecto Guri in Brazil.

Mfune said the programme is fully funded through Norec by The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We are in the seventh year, over 30 young musicians have benefitted and are progressing well in their careers. Move is one of the programmes running at Music Crossroads Malawi. Since we started the programme, candidates we have sent have been exceptional and we are looking forward to the best again from this team,” he said.

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