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RUDO—It is my duty to address such issues

Concerned with the rising cases of suicide in the country, some musicians have stepped in to use art to address the issue of mental health.

Rudo Mkukupa Chakwera said Wednesday that looking at the rise in suicide cases, she decided to drop ‘Can’t Let Go’.

“The song talks about the problems that life throws at us and the various ways people use to solve those problems but in vain. At the end of it all, the truth remains that it is only God who is able to put together, heal and mend all that has fallen apart in our lives,” she said.

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Rudo who in September also released a track titled ‘You Care’ which she collaborated with rapper Hyphen said as an artist, it was her duty to use her talent to tackle various issues affecting society.

“As an artist, it is my duty to address such issues and their solutions in my music. Thus introducing this new song of hope for I know that it is only God that can, heal and mend,” she said.

Agorosso has released ‘Nkhawa’ (Depression), a track produced by OBK where he speaks against suicide.

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“There are so many challenges that people are going through but whether we are going through difficulties, let’s not commit suicide. I am singing in the song that problems will always be there but we will overcome,” the singer and guitarist said.

In the song, Agorosso also encourages those going through problems not to label themselves failures but rather they should remain strong and be mindful that problems will come and go.

Rapper David Kalilani has also crafted a track ‘Khulupilira Ambuye’ featuring Ekari Willards which also speaks against suicide.

“This issue needs to be addressed and I thought I should add to the several voices out there speaking against suicide. I am encouraging people to choose life,” Kalilani who is a pastor, said.

The track also comes barely a month after the release of another song titled ‘Victory’ which features Kalilani, Miracle and Anointed Kennedy.

Malawi Police Service statistics indicate that 58 people committed suicide in October alone this year, a rise from 44 during the same month last year.

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