Close to 10 artists are set to take to the stage to offer their sound in a concert dubbed Tribute to Fallen Artists to be held at Mibawa and beamed on Mibawa Television early next month.
The concert will take place on May 2 2021 and will feature Edgar ndi Davis, Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Wycliffe Chimwendo, Gloria Manong’a, Lulu, Wendy Harawa, Nyandoro Nthenga, Sangwani Munthali, Malson Nkhata and Rudo Chakwera.
Chakwera, who is one of the members of the organising team, confirmed the development Sunday, saying they came up with the idea after the loss of a number of icons in the country recently.
She said the concert comes up following a number of discussions and inputs.
“This whole idea came up after we lost a number of icons, it hurt so badly. Sometimes we take people for granted that they will stay with us for long but you only realise you could have celebrated their lives when they are gone,” she said.
Chakwera said the country was dealt a big blow following the death of legendary artists such as Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire, Maria Chidzanja Nkhoma and George Mkandawire.
“We have lost a number of legends of late and these have been great for the creative industry in the country. Through this concert, we just want to honour their work, salute them and recognise that they did a lot for Malawi as far as creative growth is concerned and we will live to remember their works,”
Chakwera also admitted that these icons were not celebrated enough while they were alive.
“Let us come together and honour them and, in doing so, we are making a mark and putting up a pillar for them. We just want to call upon people to support this initiative and watch the concert on the day,” Chakwera said.
She said that they would have loved to raise funds for the families of the fallen artists during the concert but for now they are just going with the performances.
“But people can contribute and reach out to the families with support,” she said.
Chakwera also said that since they came up with the idea, they have been looking at short and long term plans for the event.
“We want to do concerts that will honour living legends and not only fallen artists,” she said.