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Piksy sets up prison show

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Piksy has, on June 9, organised a show at Chichiri Prison in Blantyre to give inmates a chance to enjoy his music.

Piksy’s manager, Wisdom Phanga, said the show has been organised in partnership with Convoy of Hope Foundation Ministry, which supports the needy.

“After the performances and the interaction, Convoy of Hope will share the word of God with the inmates and then donate various items to them,” Phanga said.

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Gloria Makunje, a representative of Convoy of Hope Foundation Ministry, said inmates need love and care.

“Everyone needs love; God loves us all despite our shortfalls. Not everyone who is in prison is a sinner and even sinners need love,” Makunje said.

She added that the ministry is interested in encourage inmates to change and become good citizens once they come out of prison.

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Makunje said the ministry is involved in several projects, citing construction of a shelter at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.

“We will be handing over the shelter very soon, “she said.

Apart from Piksy, some of the acts set to perform at Chichiri Prison are Hyphen, formerly known as Young Kay, and gospel trio Authenga Atatu.

Hyphen said he is happy to be part of the show.

“Piksy and I were born in June, same week, and we have planned a couple of activities around our birthday. We saw it fit to spend time with people who are usually sidelined in the community, ” Hyphen said.

He said, through the show, they will take time to encourage inmates to keep their spirits high for them [inmates] to be in good shape when they are released.

Piksy said this would be the first time for him to share a light moment with inmates.

“I perform to people who pay to attend shows or when organisations give me something [money] so that I can perform. The difference now is that I am doing this using my own resources and no one is paying me to do it,” Piksy said.

He called on fellow artists to hold such performances as part of giving back to the community for the support.

“Actually, every artist who is willing to join us is free to do so,” the ‘Unamata’ star said.

He added that Chichiri Prison is the starting point as, financial resources permitting, they intend to pay visits to prisons such as Maula and Zomba.

Piksy and Hyphen are also set to perform at Blue Elephant in Blantyre and Levels in Zomba on June 8 and 9, respectively, with part of the proceeds set to be donated to Chikondi Disabilities and Orphan Care Centre.

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