Poet Robert Chiwamba, who has released a new poem titled ‘Anthu Amafika Potopa’, said Wednesday that the landscape has changed for now due to Covid-19 pandemic and that poets must embrace online platform for now.
He said just like other arts disciplines, poets have been affected by the pandemic in that there were restrictions on gatherings.
“With restrictions we are talking of no poetry gatherings both for organisations and shows. We are suffering financially,” Chiwamba said.
He said online performances were the only option now despite some challenges.
“Firstly, there is no instant feedback from fans through cheering or booing. Chiwamba said.
With the current economic trends, Chiwamba, said fewer people can afford to watch the entire show online while some have it that this is no different from watching a YouTube channel.
“The fun is limited. Even in terms of people paying for the performances, only a few pay knowing that even if they don’t, they can still access the performance,” he said.
However, Chiwamba, said the online shows were a necessary evil as they were still entertaining those that were watching especially during these depressing times.
“On the other hand, it is helping artists not to rust,” Chiwamba said.
With three albums to his credit namely Chanco Mu Nthawi Yanga, Kwa Mayi Chiwamba and Kuchokera ku Chanco ndi Kachirombo, the poet has said he will be releasing an album after three years.