A free music show organised by Blantyre Kabula Constituency parliamentarian Felix Njawala at Chirimba Primary School ground on Sunday afternoon exposed talent in the township’s youth.
The talents unveiled included acrobatics, music and dancing.
The event’s programme started with acrobatics, which exposed some rare talents appreciated in Chinese festivals.
Nonetheless, what impressed the patrons was a body-balance performance especially when one of the artists walked on a string.
Another one danced energetically while standing with one leg on the shoulder of another artist who was also dancing and moving around as if was not carrying anything.
Backed up by powerful sound equipment, the event showed exceptional talent in music.
Unlike in the previous events, most of the youths performed new songs much to the glee of the excited patrons.
Katelere Ching’oma was the only renowned artist at the event and he did not disappoint the hundreds of patrons that included the young and old.
In random interviews with some of the youths that performed, the youths lamented lack of support on their talent and a platform that can expose their skills.
They said the event gave them an opportunity to showcase the skills they have, a prospect which comes only once a year.
They asked organisers to turn it into a monthly event and come up with initiatives that can help them record and shoot their work for national exposure.
Njawala, who also runs the Sunbird Search for a Star Music Competition aimed at promoting and exposing music talent, said the event is in line with his projects aimed at unveiling talent.
“This is an annual event and it has been around since 2009. I also organise monthly music shows for different townships in my constituency and the objective is to keep the youths busy and give them a platform where they can showcase different skills,” said Njawala.
He added that he uses such platforms to talk to the youths and this year’s theme was aimed at encouraging the youths from engaging in violence.
Last week some people from Chirimba stormed Kabula police unit in a ploy to destroy the offices, before they were intercepted. Three months ago, they burnt down Chirimba police unit in protest that the police officers at the unit acted reluctantly to an alert on an incident that led to the death of a businessperson.