Lusubilo Music Centre graduate Rebecca Mwalwenje’s rich music talent seems to go before her.
Music Crossroads Malawi through its youth and music exchange programme has offered her an opportunity to further her music studies at Trondertun Folkehoggskole, a Folk Music High School in Norway.
According to Music Crossroads Academy administrator Vincent Maluwa, Mwalwenje will be in Norway for 10 months.
After her music training at Trondertun, Mwalwenje will be attached to a community cultural organisation called Trondheim Commune where she will have an opportunity to share Malawian culture.
Mwalwenje has been a lead vocalist for the award-winning Lusubilo Band before graduating in December last year. She stamped her authority as a budding youthful female singer with her energetic and enthusiastic performances both locally and abroad.
Mwalwenje is expected to leave Malawi in August. As part of preparations for the trip, Music Crossroads Academy has enrolled Mwalwenje to prepare her musically.
“We are so far convinced and are satisfied with her performance. She is responding well to the lessons offered. Being a young female and passionate musician herself, it is evident that she will meet the demands of the school in Norway and sharpen her music abilities,” said Maluwa.
Her trip to Norway is a milestone for Music Crossroads in breaking stereotypes against women in the music industry.
“We are excited to send a female musician to Norway. Women are usually viewed as backing vocalists or dancers. We are here to challenge such stereotypes and empower both male and female musicians,” said Maluwa.
In an interview, Mwalwenje said she will use the opportunity to sell Malawian culture in Norway as well as advance her music skills as she plans to release her first solo album next year.
“I am practicing hard to come up with something new for the trip. In this case, I will incorporate aspects of Kyangonde culture into my songs, dance and theatre to share with people in Norway.
“In exchange, I want to learn music theory, guitar and improve my voices as I am preparing to produce my first solo album next year,” she said.