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‘Time for Wambali Mkandawire to get the support’

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Legendary singer and guitarist Wambali Mkandawire has done a lot for the country in music and that it was high time people supported his concerts, Dikamawoko Arts Director Tawonga Nkhonjera has said.

Nkhonjera said this on Wednesday ahead of two concerts Dikamawoko Arts has organised on January 30 and January 31 at M-Theatre in Blantyre.

The advance tickets for the concert are selling at K20,000 with K22,500 at the door.

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“It’s high time Wambali got the support he deserves, people have enjoyed his fantastic music and he has represented the country in different platforms, including receiving nominations and this is no mean achievement. So the ticket fee is fair,“ he said.

Nkhonjera said people have some amounts when pay some international artists perform in the country and that they should do the same in supporting local acts.

“Some people might say the K20,000 fee is on the higher side but its not actually, its fair and a musician of Wambali’s stature deserves such support. We need to support our local artist and rate them highly,” he said.

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Nkhonjera said the two concerts will offer people a chance to enjoy jazz music from the musician as well as get to interact with him.

“We have limited seats and limited tickets so people need to start buying them now otherwise they will miss out. Wambali has assured us that he is ready and will offer a jazz session as well as other songs which people will request,” he said.

Wambali will be coming to Blantyre with his latest album titled Calabrash Breath which he launched in Lilongwe last year.

Nkhonjera said this was a chance for Blantyre fans to listen to perfect sound to begin the leap year.

Asked as to why they have organised two concerts at the same venue, Nkhonjera said:

“There are people who love night performances. The Saturday show (January 30) is for them. And then there are those people who would love to spend the lazy Sunday (January 31) afternoon to some jazz music, hence having the two concerts,” he said.

Wambali was introduced to Congolese music by his grandparents that had been living in Congo.

He was also introduced to South African music from the South African minors that worked in the mine in the north. Through the radio, Wambali came across Western pop music.

His release of Zani Muwone in 2002 produced by JB Arthur, co-founder of the Instinct Africaine label, together with Sibusiso Victor Masondo, and owner of Joe’s Garage Recording studio in South Africa brought him popularity.

It was this album which won him many international awards, including being the first African to win the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo) Award for Creativity.

His other albums are Moto and Liberty.

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