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Poet Kalizang’oma’s DVD launch ends prematurely

Poet Sylvester Kalizang’oma made history on Sunday after launching his debut DVD for Unkalindanji Moyo at Blantyre Cultural Centre.

The event which attracted an impressive audience with others watching the performances whilst standing ended prematurely as presidential mimicker Mr Malawi’s performance was cut short.

Atcheya opened the floor for presidential mimickers before Mr Malawi took over but he did not finish his set while Aunt Geti, real name Kenwood Sambalika, did not perform as time was up.

The launch delayed to start despite the organisers promising to kickoff the event in time and with so many activities on the menu, time was not enough as the performances went on until late.

Some were frustrated with the delays which included the auctioning of the DVD which took so long. Others waited to watch every performance with presidential mimickers placed last.

“I came in early but things did not start in time, I think if they had started in time they could have finished all the activities. Again people pay on the gate to watch performances and not auctions, something needs to be done,” said one of the fans Jacob Tembo.

As a headliner, some people were longing for nothing but Kalizang’oma’s full package of his poems but it was not to be as he only dished out two before the auction.

The auction saw several people buying the DVD including former minister Moses Kunkuyu who was the guest of honour.

Kalizang’oma is a good poet no doubt about that; his poems are mature and his two poems were worth sampling.

He coloured the poems bringing in some scenes of the issues he was tackling including the xenophobic attacks in South Africa which left several people including Malawians killed.

This was a surprise package for the audience who cheered him on but the PA system which was used left alot to be desired as it needed balancing and affected alot of performances.

Some performances stood out while others needed panel beating.

Although poetry dominated, there were several performances on the day including a Che Nkope versus Nancy comedy created by artist Nicholus Mbonera, music by Patience Nama dingo and GYV dancers.

Some of the poets who spiced up the launch were Raphael Sitima, Joseph Madzedze, Kenneth Kondiwa and Samuel Joseph.

Kalizang’oma hailed people for the support.

“We have made history today in the world of poetry. People have supported me, I know some people would have wanted to sample more poems from me, but I only wanted to show them what they will see in the DVD so I urge them to buy,” he said.

He said people should watch the space for his new poems. After the launch in Blantyre, he is now targeting Lilongwe and Mzuzu with funds permitting.

Some of the poems in the DVD are ‘Wokondedwa Meliyana,’ ‘Khala Yapa,’ ‘Mukusewera ndi Delilah,’ ‘Kalata ku Ndende,’ ‘Kalata,’ and Atate Wathu.’

Kunkuyu said poetry has gained ground in the country as witnessed by the bigger audience but he said poets need to keep working hard.

“Things are better for poetry and comedy now and this is witnessed through this huge attendance. They need to be commended for their work but they need not sit back, let them work hard and keep on bringing fresh material because that is what people want,” said the former minister of culture and information.

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