Musicians in the country have joined hands to hold music performances in Likoma and Nkhata Bay districts to fundraise for prisoners’ welfare.
The shows, dubbed Winter Cheer Beach Festival: Cheer a Prisoner, will take place on Friday in Likoma and Saturday and Sunday in Nkhata Bay.
Those listed to perform are Lambanie Dube, Nepman, Joe Gwaladi, Positive Yut, Blackface Family and Michael Mountain.
One of the organisers, Aleke Mphasi, said these are two of the several shows up where 10 percent of the proceeds will be used to support prisoners across the country.
He said: “We will also be holding shows in prisons to entertain them as we make the donations. The initiative wants to improve the living conditions of inmates.”
The project is a brainchild of Mzuzu-based music promoters Alenje Media, non-governmental organisations Artists for Change and Hope Foundation Malawi.
Dube, real name Limbani Banda, said music needs to have a purpose in reaching out to the most vulnerable in society.
“Music is like a church, and the musician is the preacher or a teacher. We need to point out when things are wrong and we need to encourage the hopeless.
“Inmates are some of these individuals who need support because not all of them are guilty. Some of them are serving jail terms just because they failed to defend themselves before a court of law,” he said. n