Musicians who are in the process of reviving the Musicians Association of Malawi (Mam) have said they are making headway following their second meeting at Blantyre Cultural Centre (BCC) on Wednesday.
One of the members, who is spearheading the development, Eric Trinta, described Wednesday meeting as a success and that they were making progress.
“We have outlined a number of things which we want to do as we try to revive the Musicians Association of Malawi. As we have always indicated, we are not at loggerheads with Musicians Union of Malawi but rather we feel we need an association that will be looking into issues of musicians deeply,” Trinta said.
He said they will be holding a press conference on January 23 2020 at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre.
“We would like to communicate some issues on the progress made. We are looking at growing the creative industry that needs the Arts Council. It has been a song which we have sang for a long time and now we want progress,” Trinta said.
He also said that during the press briefing they have invited all arts associations, Mum leadership as well as Copyright Society of Malawi (Cosoma).
“We do not want to work in isolation. We want to work with all players. We made a mistake in killing the association, we don’t have a problem with Musicians Union of Malawi, this will be there but a union mainly looks at the rights while an association goes beyond that,” Trinta said.
He also said they will be engaging other players, who have been in the industry for long citing among others, John Nthakomwa, Jai Banda and the corporate world.
“We are not duplicating things. Our work is different and we are reviving the association not just to make up numbers in the creative industry but to bring about change,” Trinta said.