Afro singer Santy, real name Asante Ementi, has described the Ethno Malawi Music Camp 2021 as an eye-opener as it gave her an insight into music composition.
Santy was part of the participants in the Ethno Malawi Music Camp 2021, which was held at Chingalire Cultural Centre in Lilongwe.
Spearheaded by Music Crossroads Malawi, the Ethno Malawi Music Camp attracted participants from countries such as Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania and Congo.
“Our generation is not exposed to our true culture; so, when such chances come, we need to utilise them in order to learn and improve our craft,” she said.
Attending Ethno for the first time, Santy said everything was local and traditional during the camp.
“The food, the environment, way of life and all other activities were traditional. We also connected with international participants and created songs together,” Santy said.
She urged fellow up-and-coming artists to compose songs that have Malawian identity.
“We should not be obsessed with genres that have no Malawian identity; let’s do our own,” Santy said.
She hailed Music Crossroads Malawi for the programme that was taking place at Chingalire for the second time.
Inspired by Wendy Harawa, Santy started recording in 2012.
The artist has, so far, released a number of songs including the reggae track ‘Athandizeni’. She is geared to release an album in August.