Blantyre and Lilongwe musicians have joined hands for a show in Blantyre in aid of gospel songstress Princess Chitsulo.
The artist was diagnosed with heart problems last year and needs to undergo surgery in South Africa.
“She was supposed to go for that surgery last year before August. However, she got stuck due to lack of funds.
“And so, led by the women’s desk of the Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum), artists from Lilongwe and Blantyre have joined hands on holding a show whose proceeds will fund Chitsulo’s trip to South Africa. She needs K2.8 million,” said the desk’s chairperson Martha Mituka.
According to Mituka, the heart problems have aggravated over the past few months, so much so that Chitsulo uses clutches for walking.
“She tried knocking on several doors for financial support but to no avail, even the women’s desk also tried. Not even government heard our cry for help and so we resorted to holding this show.
“All the musicians performing on the night of May 2 at Comesa Hall in Blantyre are performing for free. Some of the artists to perform are Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Chimwemwe Mhango, Maggie Mangani, Favoured Martha, Llyod Phiri, Allan Chirwa, Wycliffe Chimwendo, Great Angels, Kamuzu Barracks, Ndirande Anglican Voices and Jimmy Phiri,” explained Mituka.
On May 10, the women’s desk will hold another show, but this time in Lilongwe and it will be a combination of gospel and secular music.
“The Wakawaka show will not only be in aid of Chitsulo. We intend to reach to other artists who are sick and need financial support. We are so happy that even secular musicians have also seen the need for joining hands with us,” she said.
Skeffa Chimoto, Stella Mwanza, Wendy Harawa, Lulu, Young Chilaga and Mituka herself are some of the musicians to perform.
So far, companies such as Joy Radio, CFC TV and Radio, Massy Restaurant, Luso TV and Multichoice have helped in paying for the venue for the show in Blantyre and other financial needs.