Police Orchestra back in the fold


Malawi Police Orchestra Band resumes live performances this coming Friday at Inkomazi, 3 Miles, in Zomba, having been out of the limelight for some time.

The last time the band had its own performances was in 2016 in Phalombe and Thyolo districts.

The band’s director of music, Pitt Mankhambira, said Monday that Malawi Police Orchestra wants to do more to offer the much needed entertainment to people and that they were also looking at engaging in charity work.


“We are there not only to offer entertainment through music but also to help bring about change. We also would like to help in charity, especially reaching out to people affected by floods,” Mankhambira said.

He said they were breathing new life into the band and bring it to the top just as was the case during the days of the late States Samangaya.

“We are working on new songs tackling issues such as, among others, crime and gender based violence,” Mankhambira said.


The music director said the band was looking at holding performances not only in Zomba where they are based but across the country.

Some of the members of the band set to perform this coming Friday include Kondwani Ngalande, Owen Chirwa, Andy Kamangwa and Scolar Ntande. The menu also includes guest artist Ndindi Mally.

Formed in 1939, Malawi Police Band used to focus on military music before it expanded its base in the 1970s to start holding live performances to entertain people.

“Two groups were formed, called Forward quartet A and B, which later were named Police Orchestra and Police Strings. Police Strings was suspended in 2000 due to shortage of personnel,” Mankhambira said.

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