Malawi’s celebrated and award-winning Hip Hop artist Gwamba has been invited to perform in South Africa next week.
He is expected to leave the country on August 9 for the UNFPA Safeguard Young People (SYP) album launch slated for August 12 in Johannesburg.
Gwamba, the UNFPA Malawi SYP ambassador, will perform at the event alongside Botswana’s Zeus, Lesotho’s Stlofa, Swaziland’s KrTC, Zambian Kaliwo, Zimbabwean Brian and The Dogg from Namibia, who are also SYP ambassadors in their countries.
The eight musicians recorded the album in April and the project comprises two group tracks and solos from each of them. They have also done a song together called We Will, which came out in December.
The Ndiyima Pachulu rapper expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city.
“I’m very excited. I can’t wait to be back to Johannesburg and perform with the guys,” said Gwamba in an interview.
He will be reuniting with his fellow musicians after their previous performance at the Bushfire Festival in Swaziland in May.
Gwamba’s trip to South Africa comes just after the release of the song, Suli Wekha, a UNFPA Malawi theme song that features him, Third Eye, Young Kay, Piksy, Faith Mussa and Nesnes promoting the rights of a girl child.
“This is my Malawian family that I’ll be working with in the SYP projects locally,” revealed the rapper.
Gwamba was appointed UNFPA Malawi ambassador in November 2014 after releasing a series of hit singles from 2013, the year he won the Best Hip-Hop/Rap award. His ambassadorship has taken him to several countries across the Sadc region.
The UNFPA is supporting the implementation of the regional SYP development programme which aims to empower adolescents and the youth, with a special focus on adolescent girls; protecting them from STIs such as HIV, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, early marriages, harmful cultural practices, gender-based violence and to promote equitable gender norms. n