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Saleta Phiri, others get medals at Mudi Music Festival

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Legendary musician Saleta Phiri received a posthumous silver medal alongside Fuggie Kasipa, Diwa Khwiliro and Dennis Kalimbe of Ndirande Anglican Voices during the free-of-charge Mudi Music Festival at Ndirande Chilunga Ground in Blantyre on Monday.

Saleta, famed for tracks such as ‘Olaluwa’ and ‘Munyaradzi’, raised the profile of music in the country and inspired and developed a lot of artists that have gone on to inspire others as well.

Billy Sevele received Saleta’s award and hailed the festival’s organising team for recognising Saleta’s exploits in the development of music in the country.

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“Many musicians, who are doing well in Ndirande and in the country have been taught by Saleta Phiri and others have been inspired by him. His music has also helped bring about change,” Sevele said during the festival that attracted a huge audience.

Saleta died in 2008.

Diwa, a resident of Ndirande, also thanked the organisers for recognising him.

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“This medal is a motivation for me to continue doing more in music. Things have changed now but over the years I have done a lot in releasing music and producing songs for several well-known musicians in the country,” he said.

Despite not being active now in terms of performances, Diwa said it was just a matter of time and that he would be going into the studio later this month to record new songs.

Kasipa famed for the track ‘Dale Wangayo’ in which he collaborated with Njati Njedede, also hailed organisers for the medal.

“I am excited. I did not see this coming but I am happy that they looked at my contribution to music in the country and in Ndirande and the impact my music has had,” he said.

Kalimbe, who is treasurer of the festival, also said he was happy to receive a medal.

“We just want to thank people for turning out in large numbers because without them this festival would not have been a success. We started late but everything went well,” the Ndirande Anglican Voices’ lead vocalist said.

The festival’s publicity secretary Limbani Simenti described the 2022 festival as a success and that they received massive support from the corporate world, hence also giving them gold medals and trophies.

“We gave players such as K Motors, Blantyre Water Board, Chibuku Products, Matours and others medals for their support which we do not take for granted. The players also gave Chitenje wrappers to mothers as part of celebrating Mothers’ Day,” Simenti, who is also a gospel musician, said.

He said the festival, now in its third edition and presided over by legislator Chipiliro Mpinganjira, seeks to showcase talent, celebrate mothers as well as tackle issues affecting society including helping in advocating for environmental conservation.

The audience was treated to performances that went all the way to the night.

In another development, musicians played a friendly game with veteran Nyasa Big Bullets players at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre. The match was aimed at raising funds to help needy veteran players and musicians.

The match which ended 1-3 in favour of veteran Bullets players, was attended by, among others, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa.

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