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Prison Brass Band clocks 10 years

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By Tiyese Monjeza

Malawi Prison Service (MPS) Brass Band on Friday excited patrons with a classic performance at Mulunguzi Riverside Lodge Hall in Zomba.

The performance was part of activities marking the brass bands’ 10th anniversary.

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MPS Brass Band Director of Music, Noah Chanika Kamanga, said the band was geared to start recording some of its songs after receiving overwhelming responses from people.

‘‘We are engaging Prison Service management to consider supporting the group to start recording some of our best compilations. People always approach us and tell us that they would love to have these songs and now is the time to go to the studio,” Kamanga said.

Kamanga said, over the years, the 54-member band has been making new songs and renditions of some local popular songs.

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“We have done renditions of songs such as ‘Ayambe Kumbuyoko’, which is popular among music lovers in the country,” he said.

During the two-hour set, the brass band dished out songs such as ‘General Salute’, ‘Moyenda’, and ‘Watsetseleka’.

MPS Commissioner Responsible for Operations and Security Services Masauko Wiskot, who was the guest of honour, opened the dancefloor during the event before he was joined by senior Prison Service officials and other delegates.

‘‘We, as management, are committed to supporting the band to ensure it continues with its development. This band has been vital in information dissemination and has helped bridge the relationship between the Prison Service and the community,” Wiskot said.

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