Renowned musician Patience Namadingo is to take on board a 14-year old Blantyre-based up and coming musician Medson Kapeni, who has impressed him with his talent.
Kapeni, who has been living a hard life together with his siblings having been abandoned by his father, will be supported to advance his music and education through the Made See (meaning Made to See).
As the ambassador of FDH Bank, Namadingo has seen the bank coming in to support the Made to See initiative by pumping in a K2 million package to support Kapeni.
But how did Namadingo meet Kapeni?
“Kapeni lives with his grandmother as the father left him when he was five years old and life has been hard for him. One day when he was with a couple of friends, he observed me when I visited a friend in my neighbourhood,” Namadingo said.
He added: “He went to my friend’s house thinking I lived there but was directed to where I live. He came alone with his friends and because so many young people visit my house I gave him a cold shoulder”.
Namadingo said Kapeni visited his house for a couple of times.
“I later gave in and asked him to bring a sample of his music and I was impressed. I decided to record the sample with him on a proper scale and everybody, who listened to it was happy. He is a talented boy and very unique,” he said.
Namadingo hailed FDH Bank for supporting the initiative.
“I didn’t know that the bank would come out and support this initiative with a K2 million package. K2 million is such a huge amount. So, we will use K1 million for production and the other K1 million for his secondary school fees to be properly paid,” the musician said.
Namadingo who has worked with a number of musicians in different projects including Mitengeli Choir to release the song ‘Ndalama’, said they will release a proper schedule for Kapeni’s music production.
FDH Bank Public Relations Officer Lorraine Lusinje, said their brand ambassador identified Made See (meaning Made to See) through his own talent and produced a song with him.
“We were impressed with the young man’s talent and we also emphasised his need for resources to nurture his talent and studies. We therefore quickly prepared a K2 million package to cater for this,” Lusinje said.
She said as a homegrown bank and a bank that champions growth, “youth development falls under our radar”.
“We have mostly nurtured talent through Youth, Sports Development and we sponsor Mayor’s Trophy currently to the tune of K55 million. We also sponsor Football Association of Malawi (Fam) and Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) to the tune of K450 million and K360 million and platforms for youth sports development,” Lusinje said.
She said the K2 million package to Made See will be followed through the bank and Namadingo to ensure that the up and coming artist gets maximum benefit from it as well as nurture his talent through mentorship by Namadingo.