Musician CO, real name Code Sangala, has released a single called Mukunama in which he is challenging the negative perception many people have towards artists.
CO told Nation Online that the single, to be launched on Friday at Grittas Camp in Lilongwe, will be part of his upcoming album Mizu.
“I feel that artists are generally misunderstood. We are grouped as immoral and loose people, but that is not the reality. We are actually decent human beings,” he said.
CO added that the song preaches about acceptance and that people should rather concentrate on the music that an artist makes than on his or her personal life.
On his initiative to fight malaria, CO said since his Big Brother days, he committed himself to help raise awareness on malaria and use his art to fight the disease at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital children’s ward.
He added that negligence has taken root in lives of Malawians hence the reason people are using mosquito nets for fishing.
Said CO: “Truth be told, Malawians are aware of the dangers of malaria, but for whatever reason, an element of negligence has settled in our minds. We do not take the illness seriously, yet it continues to kill many, including children.”
He said it is for this reason that he has organised 10 shows in 10 districts where he will perform and raise money for his malaria fight initiative.
“I am in touch with Dr Queen Dube and they are currently doing an assessment study of what is needed. As they do that I will be fund-raising so that in the end we work together to fight malaria;” he disclosed.
So far, he said he is still looking for corporate sponsors.