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Wambali Mkandawire calls for artists’ support

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Veteran musician Wambali Mkandawire has called for support for local artists observing that most of the artists are working hard but are not supported fully.

Wambali said this on Saturday after entertaining people with his classic performance at M-Theatre in Blantyre.

“There is need for support for local artists, there is a lot of talent here but many are working on their own without support,” said the singer famed for hits‚ Nkhujipeleka and Zani Muwone among others.

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He cited South Africa-based singer, guitarist and songwriter Erik Paliani who he said has done a lot but his music has not been appreciated fully in the country.

“We have very good musicians who are doing amazing work but their music has not been supported. I have never heard his music being played in our country’s radio stations and yet his album is very good,” said Wambali.

He said his album Chitukutuku which Paliani released in 2010 and earned him a South Africa Music Award (SAMA) nomination is very rich with mature music and that his songs needed to be given the platform.

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Paliani is a guitarist, producer, and songwriter best known for his work with South African artists Zamajobe Sithole and Hugh Masekela.

Paliani played a key role as guitarist and producer on Zamajobe’s 2004 debut album Ndawo Yami for which he was nominated for the South Africa Music Awards (SAMA) in the category Best Joint Composition.

In 2006 Paliani appeared in the film Catch a Fire playing the role of a jazz guitarist.

Meanwhile Wambali has said his coming out for performances does not mean that he will be frequently on stage.

“I will be available but not that frequently, my target is the international platform and at the moment I am still trying to put things together,” he said.

Wambali said as a musician he has no time to organise shows but agents and others interested can organise shows and invite him.

He also hailed Dikamawoko for using their little resources to put together a performance that attracted not a huge audience.

During the concert Wambali took time out to offer a jazz session to the audience dishing out among others songs from his latest album titled Calabrash Breath.

Through the album, Wambali, said he wants to create Malawian jazz which was already started by other artists but only that he has gone deeper.

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