New breath for storytelling


By Sam Banda Jnr:


Storytelling sessions running under the banner of Story Ink Africa get into gear Saturday night at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.

Organisers have repackaged the whole event to breath in different forms of other artistic disciplines while not running away from the main course of storytelling.


Now in second year, storytelling sessions started at JCC before expanding to Story Club in Lilongwe.

Having ended on a high note last year where it featured among others, veteran writer, Desmond Dudwa Phiri, the storytelling session starts at its original home with the theme ‘In My Feelings’.

With the month of February dedicated to Valentine’s where love moves in the air, the theme sounds familiar.


“But we didn’t restrict it to love stories. The writers were told to write about characters who are feeling strong emotions, which can be any type,” writer Ekari Mbvundula, who is one of the founders, said Thursday.

She said they were determined to start on a high note.

“We are having a new variety of special guests and, for Blantyre, we have Constance Thyangathyanga, who is performing a solo theatre piece while in Lilongwe, on February 23rd 2019, we will be featuring Zathu Band with their brand new song,” Mbvundula said.

The creator of ‘Montague’s Last ‘said they are incorporating storytelling in different forms.

Mbvundula said the artistic disciplines they will be incorporating are connected to storytelling.

“Despite this move, we still want the written word to be the base of our presentation and these other acts will compliment it,” she said.

Apart from Thyangathyanga, other performers are Perfect Kashoti, Abdullah Juma, Barbra Nyirongo, Joyce Nyirongo, Lusayo Mulaga and Innocent Mangulama.

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