Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) is set to get closer and reach out to its South Africa-based music artistes by opening branches in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The union is set to hold executive committee elections for Johannesburg and Cape Town tomorrow. This will bring the number of its chapters to five, others being Southern, Central and Northern regions.
MUM president the Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango, in an interview on Wednesday, said the decision was made because of the growing numbers of the union’s members based in South Africa.
“For the first time, we will have chapters of our union in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This is because there are many members that are living there. The elections for various positions will take place this Saturday [tomorrow].
“We want to take care of our members who are in Diaspora and South Africa is just close. We also need to encourage our fellow musicians to maintain their identity,” he said.
The MUM president also said the union will help in promoting good works that Malawian musicians are doing abroad.
Music producer and Joe Records Studio owner Pastor Joe M’mangisa, based in Cape Town, commended MUM for the initiative.
“I am contesting as MUM chairman. This is very important not only to me, but to all players in the music industry based in Cape Town because that shows that we are being counted,” he said.
Gospel musician contesting for the position of chairperson in Johannesburg Ann Chimtengo also welcomed the move.
“It is very important to be a MUM member because it helps to share ideas on how we can improve. Although I am here, one day I will return home. So, I won’t be a stranger to the organisation,” she said.