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New guitar, drum for Thembe Band

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TIMELY SUPPORT—VelleMusic team hands over a
guitar to Adanki

Little known Thembe Band, a duo of a visually impaired couple of Felix Adanki and Fanny Tebulo, stunned the audience early this year with their talent when they debuted at Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre.

From Mulanje District, the duo, based in Blantyre, performs in the streets to make money and make ends meet.

Adanki plays the guitar and leads in some songs whereas Tebulo plays the drum and leads in most of the gospel songs, which are all about praising God.

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However, the duo has been performing using an old guitar and drum, which has made it difficult for them in terms of offering better sound.

But recently, Blantyre-based firm VelleMusic General Dealers supported the duo by giving them a new guitar and drum.

One of the founders of the firm Daniel Vellemu, whose firm sells music instruments and offers lessons, said they decided to help after being impressed by the duo’s talent.

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“They play in the streets but we felt we should help after noticing that they had old music equipment. Actually they told us they were struggling to get funds because they had an old guitar and drum which compromised their performances,” Vellemu said.

He said apart from selling music equipment to help in the growth of the creative sector, they also offer music lessons and that they are currently working on a website where people can easily make purchases.

Elson Chikoko, who works with Thembe Band, hailed VelleMusic for the support.

“Thembe Band has potential but they fail in other projects such as recording songs because they do not have funds. We just want to call upon others to help them so as to grow their music base,” Chikoko said.

He said through their performances, Thembe Band has showed that disability is not inability.

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