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There is improvement in sound—Lemekeza

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

One of the renowned sound engineers in the country Lemekeza Phiri has said Malawi has improvemed in terms of sound production during shows.

The past years have seen the country failing heavily in producing good sound during shows forcing some international artists to bring their own sound engineers and equipment.

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But the trend has changed of late where organisers are using local sound engineers and their equipment.

Phiri said Wednesday, although there is still more to be done, there is progress.

We are pushing and we have seen the best from sound engineers such as Jabay Nkhwazi, Gresham Mokwena, Sam Mjura Mkandawire and Shadreck Kalukusha,” Phiri said.

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He said there is good sound which has in turn built a very good relationship and confidence with artists.

“We also have companies which have invested heavily in good equipment which is also key to good sound. We have companies such as Mibawa, Nthanda, Nyanja Productions and Team Entertainers, among others,” he said.

Phiri said, going forward, they need an encouraging market response.

“When you invest in a business, you expect to reap and so the country needs to learn and start respecting the credibility of sound and the engineers that we have at present,” he said.

He also said that gone are the days when organisers of events or festivals only looked at artists without focusing much on sound engineering.

“Sound is very crucial when it comes to shows and so we need to take it seriously. Having the best sound means artists also enjoying the best in terms of performances and also the audience,” he said.

Phiri also said sound engineers should be vibrant and make sure they are aware of what fellow sound engineers are doing on the international platform.

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