Three female musicians will this month be awarded by the Musicians Association of Malawi (MAM) womens’ desk for their contribution towards the growth of local music.
The awards ceremony will take place on 30th August at the Capital Hotel marquee alongside a fundraising dinner and dance aimed at promoting the activities of the desk throughout the country.
“Dubbed Azimayi a Luntha Awards, the special recognition together with a token of appreciation, will go to three outstanding women in Malawi music. A decision is yet to be made to who these three will be.
“We will also take the opportunity to remember our colleagues who died while doing music. And these are Esther Chiyembekeza, Chipiliro ‘Aunt Chipi’ Chimphambano and Edith ‘Miss Music’ Chikabvumbwa,” said welfare chairperson Harriet Msungama.
Above all she said, the event will also see the women’s desk holding a national fundraising event for activities of all its four chapters.
“We want to raise money for holding workshops to promote 50-50 presence of women in music. At these workshops, we share ideas and ways on how to deal with challenges that the women desk continues to face.
“We are looking at raising K8.5 million (about $21 250) out of the dinner and dance and if we fail, we will continue to conduct several fundraising activities,” explained Msungama.
To spice up the event, top musicians like Lucius Banda, Vita Chirwa and Kalimba Band, Chimwemwe Mhango, The Roots Band of the Bambo wa Teleza fame and various female artists will perform.
Sponsors of the event include MultiChoice Malawi through GOtv, Sunbird Capital, Airtel Malawi, Nation Publications Limited, Chibuku Products as well as business mogul Iqbar Omar.