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Nepman speaks on Covid effects

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Michael Usi

As the country and the world at large continue to grapple with the effects of Covid, the creative industry has not been spared, with many artists failing to make ends meet due to lack of shows.

Blantyre-based musician Nepman said Tuesday that the situation is tough at the moment for many artists in the absence of shows.

“Many musicians rely on shows to make money but, now with the restrictions, we cannot hold shows. It’s bad and if organisations and other players can utilise us in their programmes, things could at least change,” the ‘Nalero’ star, said.

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With other artists embracing technology by taking shows online, Nepman said this is a good move but difficult for the country, where a lot of people are struggling with data which is expensive.

“If data were cheaper, I think this would have worked but data is very expensive and for you to hold online shows it’s not workable for now,” Nepman said.

He said he has for now embraced other ways, citing running businesses to survive.

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Several artists have called on government to cushion artists with packages to sustain them during this period, when they are not holding gigs.

Nepman called upon Musicians Union of Malawi and other arts associations to unite and the lobby government to help artists during this period for them to survive.

“In other countries, artists are being assisted and the government also needs to help us until things normalise or we can be used to sensitise people on vaccination so that we should be earning something,” the hoarse voiced musician said.

Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture Michael Usi admitted recently that the creative industry has suffered greatly due to Covid and indicated that they were looking at ways of helping artists.

On plans, Nepman said he will pull the strings later as he is readying for Sand Music Festival set for October 1 to 3 at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi District.

The artist has two albums to his credit namely Kubvuma and Kuzambwe.

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