Female reggae artist Tamanyawaka Chavula, who was based in Tunisia, is now in Ivory Coast where she moved six months ago.
The artist, who has always promoted unity among musicians and the past years used to hold performances featuring both secular and gospel artists, said she was in Ivory Coast because her organisation, African Development Bank, had moved its headquarters there.
“I am currently settling in well musically here in Abidjan. I am making my connections well. I am working with one of the top reggae bands known as The Wisemen,” the artist said.
She said The Wisemen Band has worked and backed top local and international reggae artists like Alpha Blondy, Luciano, Sizzla, Morgan Heritage and Bushman.
“So I am still pushing my music and I am currently working on new songs and again I am looking at collaborating with fellow local artists as part of helping to expose them internationally,” Tamanyawaka said.
The reggae singer, who last year came out to announce that she had courted the attention of an international record label from Austria House of Riddim, boasted that her music is moving places.
“I know my music might not be that up to date in Malawi but I am doing great here and this is not a lie. Actually I have worked so long without actually having a manager in Malawi or elsewhere which has to some extent made it difficult so I have now found a manager,” Tamanyawaka said.
The singer also admitted that she has not managed to hold shows in the country after a long time but she was quick to say that she was putting up something.
“There is a lot I want to do for my country through music. I want to continue with my charity work, help those in need through what I get from music. I know it’s not much but it can help bring change. The last time I held a concert in Lilongwe I proceeded to donate to Kamuzu Central Hospital, I want to continue this spirit,” she said.
She further called on musicians in the country to continue working together for the industry to grow.
Tamanyawaka will next month perform at the Reggae Sunsplash Africa in South Africa where she is expected to share the stage with several acts from other countries.
“I will be representing Malawi at the event and I cannot wait to fly the country’s flag at this top event,” she said.
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