Kamuzu Academy director of music Donald Kaluwire will launch his English book, Bilimankhwe, Saturday evening.
Kaluwile, 40, said veteran author Willie Zingani will present a keynote address at the event, starring Malawi National Dance Troupe.
Set among the early Ngoni settlers in Nyasaland (now Malawi), Bilimankhwe centres on two young lovers who face a deadly obstacle to their pristine love.
â€œThe story is both frightening and humorous. It is packed with incessant action involving heroic adventures, manâ€™s daring philosophies, religious beliefs, witchcraft and magic, native authorities, ceremonial events, violence and conspiracy, and love,â€ explains Kaluwire.
The author admittedly decided to write the book following the success of a music masterpiece he wrote as part of his dissertation for his masterâ€™s degree in music composition.
Explains Kaluwire: â€œThe music arrangement was based on a Bilimankhwe folk song and it inspired me to write a musical play which was performed by the students of Kamuzu Academy.
â€œThe musical was so successful that I was yet again inspired to take the giant step of writing this book. After a thorough research about the Ngoni culture, I began to write the book.â€
The author said the 89-page volume is a result of sleepless nights and open-mindedness.
â€œIâ€™m very excited that the project is now over. I remember the advice that the Head of English Literature at Chancellor College gave me: The story should speak for itself, do not help to tell the story,â€ he said.
The book has been edited and published by Kachere Series at Chancellor College.