Poet Samuel Sawelengera has partnered with Mwangi Arts on an initiative aimed at grooming young poets into producing the best works.
Sawelengera has since urged interested budding poets to join the organisation to keep poetry alive in Salima District.
“We always encourage those up and coming poets who want to join us to learn from the best such as late O’Brien Nazombe, Nyamaliki Nthiwatiwa, Felix Njonjonjo Katsoka and Michael Benjala among others,” Sawengelera said.
He said in addition; “we also noted with great concern that these youngsters were just staying idle when schools were closed due to Covid -19 pandemic.”
Sawelengera then hailed Mvangi Arts for the partnership, saying youths at least were given something to do during this time.
“Our plan is to build more centres and introduce more competitions for these budding poets. We believe this will help develop the nation,” he said.
Sawelengera who is based in South Africa is known for poems such as “Gule Wa ChiMalawi”, “Moyo wa ku Joni”, and “Mukafike ku Senga Bay”.
In 2005, Sawelengera recorded his first poem with late Gift Sichinga.
Sawelengera has since announced a comeback with the release of a poetry package ahead of his official album.
His latest poems are titled ‘Kuwala’ and ‘Mzinda wa Tsoka’.
“My comeback album is titled Nchiyani Chachilendo. It’s quite a deep album because I am exploring how we can live without technology in these modern times,” he said.