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Gospel artists call for support for live shows

Written by  Loness Gwazanga
Bernadetta Mlaka Maliro Bernadetta Mlaka Maliro

Blantyre, July 14, 2017: Renowned gospel artists in the country have called upon fans to patronize live shows as a way of promoting the industry.

Bernadetta Mlaka Maliro, an artist who is also wife to the celebrated musician Mlaka Maliro made the appeal when she commented on Peter Uyu Mulangeni’s Facebook post concerning his CD launch in Mzuzu slated for 5 August.

The launch of his fifth album, Yankhani Pemphero Langa, which will be held at Mzuzu Boma Park is expected to draw artists from across the country such as Wycliffe Chimwendo, Khama Khwiliro, Gwamba, Emmanuel AKA EMM Q among others.

“For you to take the artists to Mzuzu, advertising, food and accommodation, venue charges, hiring equipment and at the gate K500? Lord have mercy. And after everything you are still in unsettled debt, Malawi please help your artists, we need serious support otherwise we are killing talent,” commented Maliro on the Facebook post.

Another artist who concurred with her, Khama Khwiliro, said if not for passion, God’s grace and the love for Christ that keeps the artists going, gospel music in the country would have died a long time ago.

Speaking Friday in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Peter Uyu Mulangeni, said organizing a show requires a lot of hard work and patronage matters a lot.

“If the patrons do not come in large numbers, we are the ones affected as we do not collect much from the gates, however that does not stop us from giving out our best to the few attendees, meaning we still have to spend regardless of the number of patrons,” said Mulangeni.

He then described Maliro’s sentiments as a true reflection of what gospel artists were facing saying she was speaking from personal experience.

“I was the one who organized her first album’s launch under Mingoli Promotions and what she has explained is really what happened to her. Though she did not make a big lose, everything happened contrary to what she had expected,” he added.

Chinsisi Mayaka from Lilongwe who also commented on Mulangeni’s Facebook post said she cannot afford to pay beyond K500 for a show due to prevailing economic conditions.

Mulangeni of Wandikweza Ine Yahwe fame will after the launch take the album which was recorded at Groove Magic Studios by Joseph Tembo and Studio 88 by Khumbo Kaliwo and Evance Mereka to Mchinji, Dedza, Salima and Balaka.

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