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Poet Robert Chiwamba gears for album launch

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After the success of his first album Chanco Mu Nthawi Yanga, celebrated poet Robert Chiwamba is back with a second album titled Kwa Mayi Chiwamba to be launched on November 8 and 15 in Blantyre and Lilongwe respectively.

Chiwamba of the ‘Udzafa Imfa Yowawa’ fame said on Monday that unlike his debut album which was a narration of his time at University of Malawi -Chancellor College, the second one is a dedication to his mother appreciating the love, care and encouragement to him and his other siblings.

Recorded at Audio Clinic Studios in Blantyre by Marvin Hanke and Uncle Layi, the album has 33 poems some of which are already enjoying airplay in most of the country’s radio stations.

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“The second project is an improved version of my first which was somehow monotonous because it only revolved around my college life, but in this one I have touched in all areas of life.

You will notice that the album does not carry any central theme rather it carries messages about God, mothers, the rich and the poor just to mention some,” said Chiwamba.

He said he is ready for the launch in Blantyre and Lilongwe and that people should brace for nothing but an exciting time.

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For instance in his piece ‘Chitukuko Sichikupezeka,’ Chiwamba takes a swipe at political leaders saying they have failed to provide development solutions for the nation despite the changing political eras.

He calls for collective solutions from all concerned stakeholders.

The poet, who has faced the wrath of some poets for his poetry saying it is more of jokes than poetry, added that despite the diversification in the subjects tackled, he has strived to maintain his style which he said is unique to him alone.

“I am unique in my style which is not similar to any poet in the country. I have a special touch that is associated with me alone and I have tried to maintain that, if anything I have just made some improvements,” he said.

On the launch, Chiwamba said various artists such as the legend Giddes Chalamanda, Chichiri Dancing Troupe and Madalitso Nyambo will spice up the Blantyre show with Lulu, Hudson Chamasowa and Mtendere Cultural Troupe curtainraising the Lilongwe show.

“Some might be wondering as to why I have invi ted musicians, it is simply because of late musicians and poets have established a good working relationship, they usually invite us to their shows so I am simply returning the courtesy,” Chiwamba explained.

Asked on why he has snubbed the north with his shows as it is the case with many other artists, Chiwamba said resources are not permitting but said plans are in place to hold a mega show in Mzuzu soon.

In Blantyre the launch will take place at Chrichi Multipurpose Gardens while in Lilongwe Capital City Motel will host the show.

He appreciated the strides that poetry is making in the country, which he said is evidenced by the numerous poetry shows in local radio station which have a huge following.

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