Musician Lucius Banda who has been holding Chilembwe Day shows in the past years has said there will be no show this year ahead of the Chilembwe Day Friday.
The Chilembwe Day is commemorated annually every year on January 15. The day is part of remembering one of the country’s heroes Reverend John Chilembwe.
Apart from the national ceremony artists take advantage of the day to hold concerts and thus Lucius came up with an annual Chilembwe Day show.
However, last year the show did not take place and this year Lucius also said that they do not have funding.
“It’s difficult to put together this show because of funding. In the past years the economy was good but now things are tough so we are not holding it this year,” he said.
Lucius has through the Chilembwe Day show been bringing together artists to celebrate the life of Chilembwe.
He said the only way to sustain the show was to have sponsors.
“We need sponsors who can help us continue to hold this show annually. As artists we need to celebrate John Chilembwe’s life and we do this through performances,” he said.
Lucius also said that the show was one way of honouring Chilembwe who is one of the country’s heroes.
“Through this show we want the younger generation to be aware of who Chilembwe was as well as other heroes. It’s unfortunate that most of the younger generation do not know some of these heroes.
I recall yesterday (Tuesday) I posted that it was sad that Rose Chibambo was gone but others kept on asking who she was, so as a country we need to do more to work on our history otherwise the younger generation will completely have no idea,” he said.
Lucius has been holding the Chilembwe Day show at Summit in Lilongwe and during the first show; he brought on board among others poets and musicians.
The show also saw people sampling traditional food.
“We will see how things go but if we fail to get sponsors then next year I will take it upon myself to fund it,” he said.
According to available information, Chilembwe was an early figure in the resistance to colonialism in Nyasaland, opposing both the treatment of Africans working in agriculture on European-owned plantations and the colonial government’s failure to promote the social and political advancement of Africans.
Soon after the outbreak of the First World War, Chilembwe organised an unsuccessful uprising against colonial rule.
Film maker Shemu Joyah has also been in the limelight as an artist trying to bring to light Chilembwe’s story and is set to produce a movie.
He said recently that the script for the Chilembwe movie is ready but then he has not yet found funding.
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