Lilongwe, October 8: Malawi’s first private radio station, Power 101 on Saturday, October 5 organised a show at Portuguese club in Lilongwe where up and coming artists were given a chance to perform.
The show dubbed “Gowelo Beats” was organised to identify new talent that will be promoted by the radio station.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Monday, coordinator of the event, Kenny Wako said the show was aimed at identifying artists from Lilongwe and surrounding areas after realizing that the artists lack on-air promotion.
“Power 101 is the pioneer and the power house for local urban music. We had to come here to identify young artists that will carry the Malawian flag in future,” he said.
According to Wako, most big names that are currently successful in the country went through the same process as well.
He added that the show was a major success since it was highly patronized and the artists performed wonderfully despite major festivals like Sand music festival and Blantyre Arts festival that happened throughout the weekend in Mangochi and Blantyre respectively.
“Lilongwe has the cream of Malawian urban artists. You can agree with me that most artists who are doing well on radio and television are Lilongwe based artists,” said Wako.
He further explained that Gowelo Beats is a radio programme that comes on air on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm to 10pm.
Presenter of the program, Emmanuel Nthini, also expressed his gratitude, saying no incident of violence was reported.
“We appreciate the support that Lilongwe has shown us. The artists were cooperative and the audience was peaceful. I didn’t see anything worth worrying about, we are looking forward to coming back,” he said.
Some of the artists that performed include Bingolingo, Mwanache, Janta, Big Tar, Capital girl, Mafo and Bucci from Blantyre.