Veteran storyteller Dyson Gonthi will on Saturday unveil a series of events turning Club Pezi in Blantyre into a centre of cultural outreach for couples and children.
Versatile Gonthiâ€”who co-starred in MBC Radioâ€™s drama and folktale programmesâ€”told The Nation the Mbayani-based club, formerly OO7, will be home to more than just poetry, storytelling, drama and music performances.
“At Club Pezi, we will be teaching children to remain true to the Malawian way of life. Most importantly, it will be a meeting place where those who want to marry can access counselling and vital tips on how to achieve a fulfilling life in times of HIV and Aids,” said Gonthi on Friday.
The activities, dubbed Kalondolondo Heritage and Civic Education programme, is part of his seven-year-old Cultural Heritage and Development organisation. He reckons they will reduce diseases, stigma and vulnerability.
Meanwhile, Gonthi has urged artists to register with him if they want to take part in the Saturday afternoon showcases replete with awards for outstanding performers.
The venue is owned by German Peter Zimmerman.