Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) President, Gloria Manong’a, has called on the government, corporate world and other well-wishers to utilise artists in coronavirus awareness saying artists have the potential and that they reach out to more people.
Manong’a, who has just been confirmed as the president having worked in an acting capacity since April last year, said artists need not be sidelined in the process.
“At the moment artists have all the time to compose songs, create different works because they are not busy with events following a ban on public gatherings of more than 100. Utilising them now would also help them generate income for them since they have been affected by the ban,” she said.
She said her office was open to work with the government and different organisations on Covid-19 awareness.
“The creative industry has more to offer and they are a good vehicle as far as dissemination of information is concerned. We are people, who weave messages better for people to understand and so it is time to work with us,” Manong’a said.
Having taken over the mantle of president, Manong’a, said she was determined to serve Mum and help in its growth.
“We can only grow and uplift the creative industry if we work together, let us burry all our differences, let us unite and move forward for the betterment of Mum. I am here to serve every musician,” Manong’a said.
She said Mum was looking at engaging different stakeholders and look at how best they can work together.
Manong’a took over the mantle of president in April last year following the resignation of Bishop Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango on personal grounds.