Musician Faith Mussa has embarked on a music school project as a way of giving back to society and promote the arts in the country.
Mussa said the project has already received an overwhelming response in Lilongwe.
The Desperate hit-maker said Malawi has a few music schools that are key to the development of music and talent among aspiring artists.
He said: “Through the institution, I want to impart the knowledge that I have amassed over the years into the minds of both young and old who are passionate about music. The school will run a music curriculum as a specialty.”
Classes will be conducted in the late afternoons and evenings to cater for the working class, he said.
The self-trained guitarist, who is inspired by his family music band, Mussa Family, said he had gone through unnecessary hardships to get to his current status in the music industry. Hence, he wants to change the status quo in the Malawi music industry.
“Trust me, if I had coupled my good music ear with some organised music instruction I could have been far from where I am in terms of advancement. So, I want to give my fellow youth and everyone else an opportunity I never had,” he said.
Mussa said, through the institution, he is optimistic that the beneficiaries of his music school will be turned into complete stars.
“If people admire what I do, they will have an opportunity to do far much better than I have done because the school will offer them some basic foundation and elements of professional music,” he said.
Currently, Malawi has few music training institutions contributing to the development of music and arts.
Lack of training on the part of majority of artists widely blamed for low quality music.
Music trainer Wyndham Chechemba once said that lack of formal music training is responsible for ‘noise’ among many people who call themselves musicians. He claims that majority do not have dynamics of music which result their work into monotonous kind of work.
According to Mussa, the music school will enroll few people to achieve its objectives and sustainability plan.