It sounded like a far-fetched dream when Giddes Chalamanda sang about his desire to visit America in his number one hit Buffalo Soldier, but that dream is about to come to pass.
Chalamanda is among four Malawian musicians who will fly to the United States in July for a number of live performances, courtesy of the Malawian community in the US.
He will be joined on the trip by his long time collaborators, acoustic duo Edgar ndi Davis, and gospel musician Patience Namadingo.
The initial fundraising event for the trip was organised last December in Blantyre.
The trip comes a time when urban talent Martse is concluding his US tour.
“We are expected to leave for US in July where we will hold shows in Indiana, Washington DC and Texas. For more details talk to Davis Njobvu who is in the local committee for the US trip,” said Namadingo.
However, Njobvu promised to come back to us, but had not yet done so as we went to press.
His music accomplice Edgar Kachere confirmed the US trip.
“The time has finally come for Malawi to start exporting talent and put the country on the map as far as local indigenous sounds are concerned. And our invitation means a lot not only to us as individual artists, but also Malawi music industry as whole,” said Kachere.
He described the US trip as a dream come true for Chalamanda, who sang about his wish to visit the US.
In a related development, singer Maskal will be leaving for South Africa on February 10 to perform at a Valentine’s Day concert on February 14 at Nicco Millan Hall in Cape Town, courtesy of Sistical Productions.
Maskal will perform alongside Silencer from Uganda, Lean Omega, Kissa, Snag and Tombo K.
Rapper Fredokiss will also be performing at this year’s Easter Music Festival in Mpumalanga, South Africa.