Spotlight for Lazarus Chigwandali in USA


By Sam Banda Jnr:

Lilongwe-based musician Lazarus Chigwandali is in the limelight in the United States (US) where he is attending the Tribeca Film Festival.

Lazarus left the country last week alongside filmmaker Clem Kwizombe. Lazarus’ documentary is being premiered.


The documentary started showing on April 27 until May 4 2019.

Esau Mwamwaya of The Very Best, who has also been working with Lazarus, said Tuesday Lazarus was enjoying the limelight in USA.

“Lazarus is very talented. He has done a lot of songs and, through his music, he has shown his potential. So the film is also telling his story and the world is sampling his story from where he started to where he is nowas well as the stories of people living with albinism,” Mwamwaya said.


The documentary was shot by Emmy winner and academy award nominee David Darg from Los Angeles, assisted by the country’s filmmaker, Clem Kwizombe, who is based in Lilongwe.

According to a shot synopsis, the film tells the story of Lazarus, a street side musician, who was born with albinism, who basks in the streets of Lilongwe singing about the plight of people with albinism, who are being killed for their body parts in Malawi and East Africa.

Lazarus has defied all odds to use music to talk about different issues as well as condemn those killing persons with albinism.

On March 8 2019, Lazarus released a song ‘Ndife Alendo’ in which he recounts what is happening in the country looking into the killing of people living with albinism.

He said last month he was happy to have a chance to travel to US.

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