Revered spoken word poet Q Malewezi on Monday brought to the attention of authorities the sad plight of artists in the country, most of whom do not leave anything to their name once they die.
Taking advantage of his appearance during the launch of the 2021 Pension Awareness Week in Lilongwe, Q stressed that something need to be done if the welfare of artists and their dependents were to be safeguarded.
“There have been so many artists who died poor or made appeals for help, especially in the wake of Covid…and I started thinking that maybe those are the ones left behind because if they were on a scheme, maybe those scenarios would not have happened,” he said.
The renowned poet, famed for poems such as ‘People’, pointed out that, according to World Intellectual Rights Property Organisation, creatives contribute about four percent to the country’s gross domestic product and therefore their importance needed not be overlooked.
“I have been doing some reflections since being engaged to do this performance; really, we should leave no one behind, especially my colleagues from the arts sector,” Q said.
Having laid everything off his chest, Q performed two poems ‘This man’ and ‘People’.
Stephen Dakalira is a seasoned Journalist who works as Times Group’s Online and Digital Executive Editor. He is also the Assistant Editor of The Sunday Times Newspaper, and author of Full Circle column which appears in Malawi News; all of these under the Times Group stable.
He has previously worked in key positions for some of Malawi’s key media institutions such as Malawi News Agency, Capital FM Radio and Star Radio (Now Timveni Radio).