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Two artists invited to Ethno Sweden

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Jeunness Musicale Sweden through Ethno Sweden has invited two young artists from Music Crossroads Academy Malawi to be part of Ethno Sweden.

The two artists are 24-year old Gift Banda, better known as Gift the guitarist and 16-year old Jerusha Chipingo.

Ethno Sweden runs from June 28 to July 6.

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Music Crossroads Malawi Director, Mathews Mfune, confirmed the development yesterday, saying they were excited with the invitation.

“As you are aware, Ethno Malawi rebranded from Pakhonde Ethno Music Camp this year. The main reason was that we wanted to be part of the Global Ethno Movement as a programme of Jeunnesses Musicale international (JMI),” Mfune said.

He said Music Crossroads Malawi is a full member and that, as such, Music Crossroads’ Ethno Malawi became part of the international network of Ethno music camps.

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“The network provides great opportunities to our young musicians, who have passion to learn, share and promote our traditional music. They also acquire skills to facilitate music workshops and learning for fellow young people,” Mfune said.

He said the participation of the two artists in Ethno Sweden is part of the connections at international level.

“As I said earlier, we are very happy with this development as it demonstrates that our efforts are bearing fruits and also that Malawi is now on the International map and we are proud to champion this,” he said.

Mfune also said this demonstrates to the general public that, once students register and learn at Music Crossroads Academy, they stand to benefit more through international connections and exposure.

“This is very important for the professional growth of musicians and the music industry,” he said.

Mfune added that the programme has been facilitated by Music Crossroads International in Brussels.

Meanwhile, Mfune has said that they are already in the planning phase of the 2019 Ethno Malawi to be held during the first week of April in Mchinji.

Banda, who participated in Ethno Malawi 2018, said recently that he would like to grow his talent and reach the top.

The guitarist, who is a student at Music Crossroads Academy, started playing the guitar at the age of 17, learning mainly from YouTube and other resources he got from friends.

As for Chipingo, she was first introduced to the music world by her father at a very tender age.

Her interest in music was well established at the age of six when she won a church composition competition to compose a song for the children’s ministry.

She then began piano and recorder lessons shortly afterwards and was consequently able to perform with an ensemble, where she played a variety of recorders.

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