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Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session back

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

After a two-week break which worried some art lovers, the Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session is back at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre today with a performance from Chichiri Prison Cultural Troupe.

The Sounds of Malawi Acoustic Session has gained mileage since it started and has given a platform to several acts including veteran players Wyndham Chechamba, Patrick Simakweli and Snowden Ibbu.

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Host Code Sangala, who has had his share performing at the session, said they were excited to be back.

“Our aim is to promote Malawian sounds. We have seen artists moving away from our music due to Western influence and so, through this platform, we want to show the best of Malawi music,” Code said.

JCC Director Luc Deschamps said Wednesday Sounds of Malawi Acoustic session was back with a performance as well as an exhibition.

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“We have a double exhibition of artworks by artist Jim Alifisher and African Record covers by Rich Shelton, director of creative action at Otis College and Design in Canada, and then we have a performance from Chichiri Prison Cultural Troupe,” Deschamps said.

He said the Otis group is in the country with several design projects with students at Jacaranda School for Orphans, notably a mural of DD Phiri outside the school’s wall fence.

“This is an homage to DD Phiri for he is an inspiration to our students,” Deschamps said.

Chichiri Prison Cultural Troupe, made up of prisoners and warders, has been exceptional in their performances, showcasing, among others, traditional dances performed across the country as part of preserving and promoting culture.

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