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Zakumudzi pre-launch, Singano’s exhibition at Jacaranda Cultural Centre

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Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre will be eventful this weekend as it hosts a pre-launch of Zakumudzi Cultural Festival and Fearless Woman art exhibition by veteran visual artist Ellis Singano.

Zakumudzi Cultural Festival pre-launch will be held tonight and will feature performances from artists such as Code Sangala and The Tribe Band, Madalitso Band, Chichiri Cultural Heritage, Lulu and Mathumela Band and Waliko Makhala and Jalawe Band.

The name Zakumudzi Cultural Festival has come up following the rebranding of Music against Malaria Festival spearheaded by musicians Code Sangala and Annemarie Quinn.

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Annemarie, who returns to Malawi from to her home in United Kingdom, said they were happy to bring Zakumudzi Cultural Festival.

“We want to be more creative and explore different ways to raise funds,” she said.

Code called upon people to patronise the pre-launch ahead of the main festival next year.

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“We want to further enhance traditional music to spearhead our malaria intervention. The festival will support Music against Malaria activities whilst not being solely focused on malaria. Zakumudzi will be an independent festival funding our projects,” Code said.

Zakumudzi Cultural Festival has partnered Art Malawi, which selected painters to create portraits to pay homage to some of the country’s legendary artists including Daniel Kachamba, Allan Namoko, MBC Band, Tambala Chitenje, Lucky Stars, Kennedy Ndoya (Madolo) and Stonald Lungu.

“The art pieces will be up for sale and proceeds will go towards Music against Malaria activities which include the 1000 nets programme,” Code said.

In 2017 Music against Malaria raised K17 million through its various fundraising activities.

In another development, Singano, who speacialises in batik has resurfaced with another exhibition titled Fearless Woman.

The exhibition will take place at JCC Saturday and runs up to October 3 2022.

“I am excited to bring to the people this exhibition. I have compiled a new collection of batiks to meditate on the hurdles that women face, how they are not afraid to take risks, how they do not allow to be controlled by the background noise and how they are full of life and committed in pursuing their personal and career goals,” Singano, who has exhibited in different platforms both local and international stages, said yesterday.

In Lilongwe, Townhall will host what it dubs Lilongwe Poetry Festival 2022 to be held Saturday.

One of the organisers Yohane Kachere said the poetry festival was there to give a platform to poets to showcase their work.

Apart from Kachere, some of the poets starring at the event include Raphael Sitima, Mlongoti, Felix Kamwendo, Chiku Kenson, Enoch Thomas and Agogo Amuna.

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