A friend in need is a friend indeed. True to the word, movers and shakers on the gospel music scene have organised a show in aid of renowned artist Geoffrey Zigoma who is battling skin cancer.
The goodwill show at Sheaffer Conference Hall on Sunday will bring together Peter Uyu Mulangeni and 16 other performers from MalawiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s commercial city, Blantyre, and the capital, Lilongwe.
According to Mulangeni, the artists hope to raise about K1 million ($5 988) for their colleagueÃ¢â‚¬â€who has been undergoing chemotherapy (chemical treatment) at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in BlantyreÃ¢â‚¬â€ to travel to Tanzania for the advanced operation lacking in local hospitals.
He said: “We [musicians] have been in talks since the artist was diagnosed with the cancer near his left ear. But the situation is getting worse and nobody seems interested to assist him.
“The Great Angels Choir and I have teamed up with other artists to raise funds for his medical trip to Tanzania.”
The cast includes Ethel Kamwendo-Banda, Thoko Katimba, Favoured Sisters, Allan Chirwa, Princess Chitsulo, MaggieÃ‚Â Mangani, POV Group, Miriam Kuseni, Arnold Kilembe, Yassin Jenala, Sam Maliza, Evance Meleka, Marvellous Deeds and Bertha Nkhoma.
Recently, Zigoma told The Nation that he urgently needs K750 000 ($4 491) for the cancer operation which is not available in local hospitals. On Monday, he described the K1 million target as a good start.