Maria Chidzanja Nkhoma joins hands with award-winning legend Lucius Banda in a Mother’s Day event that will bring together young and old musicians under one roof.
The show is billed for top class entertainment as distinct music genres will be performed on one stage, on Friday at Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc).
Chidzanja Nkhoma will unleash her eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary jazz while Soldier will show his usual prowess in music through his largely danceable tunes.
These two legends will be joined by hip hop artists Gwamba, Third Eye and Young Kay.
An elated Chidzanja Nkhoma could not stop heaping praises on the three young artists for organising a show to honour mothers.
“It is an honour for the old to meet the new on a musical stage and in a Mother’s Day event. Third Eye, Gwamba and Young Kay all look at me as a mother figure and they incorporated me to represent their mothers and all mothers of Malawi.
“I give them so much respect for that and it is a brilliant idea to lurch on to. I give them creativity as they could have chosen their young female counterparts,” she said in an interview.
One of the songs Chidzanja Nkhoma will perform is a dedication to her mother, which also highlights a rough patch the musician went through.
“I will do one song I wrote for my mother who is alive when I didn’t think I will come back to Malawi due to the political situation. She was worried that I would be arrested as soon as I got back home.
“I kept that song for years till around 1999 when I recorded it with Tiakalulu Productions and mastered it with Chris Kelly in South Africa. Then I will do a track with each of the young artists. Honestly, I appreciate their music in my old school self, I can hear the lyrics and relate to them and they are beautiful songs,” she said.
A mother and grandmother, Maria says: “Bring your mothers not only those that physically gave birth to you but the guardians and all mother figures as well as wives because there will be everything for all age ranges. “
The show is part of the build up to Malawi’s upcoming first ever mobile music download and streaming application, Rediyo.