The State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Arts Envoy Programme through the United States (US) Embassy has partnered Nvak, an American non-profit organisation, to provide year-round music training.
The training, which has since started at Music Crossroads Malawi in Lilongwe, has drawn female participants from across the country.
A press statement from US Embassy says the training includes face-to-face and distance lessons in songwriting, music production, audio engineering, marketing, and public relations to young Malawians.
The statement says with a $55,000 grant from the State Department and additional funding provided by Madonna non-profit, Raising Malawi, the programme, runs for the first time from November 4 -21 2019.
The statement says that about 17 talented female musicians are attending a free songwriting and production workshop, taught by a respected team of professional songwriting and production teachers.
“Nvak has brought leading songwriters and producers from the United States to teach their craft and work with the students’ hands-on, recording music in the studio,” reads the statement.
Other lessons the participants are expected to undergo during the training include songwriting, top-lining, production and basics of engineering and how to release music for a global stage.
During the training, each participant is also expected to write an original song, workshop the music with the staff, and complete a demo.
Selected musicians are also set to have an additional opportunity to have their original music produced by the visiting producers.
The participants are also expected to have an additional opportunity to perform their work live at a concert o at Latitude 13 on Saturday afternoon and then thereafter another performance at Bingu International Conference Centre during the African Fashion and Arts Festival.
Musician Kim of Diamonds, who is part of the project, said yesterday that the training had come at the right time.
“We are doing great and it is an eye opening training,” Kim of Diamonds said.
Nvak is a non-profit organisation that discovers, mentors, and teaches young singers, songwriters, and producers around the globe using music as a tool for teenagers and young adults to find their voices and amplify their stories beyond their countries’ borders.