Veteran musician ‘Sir’ Paul Banda has described Malawi as home to promising music talent that needs to be nurtured and promoted to ensure the growth of the industry.
Speaking on Saturday night at the Entertainers Promotions-organised Pre-Valentine’s Day concert at Comesa Hall in Blantyre, Banda said he was thrilled to share the stage with youthful gospel artists Patience Namadingo and Faith Mussa.
Said Banda: “I must say that tonight I am honoured and delighted to share the stage with these talented young men. It really feels good and gives me hope to see a young generation of artists doing amazing stage work.”
He described the gifted artists as the future of the music industry, adding that they need support from relevant sectors such as the corporate world.
“When I look at young musicians like Faith Mussa and Patience Namadingo, I see a bright future for the Malawi music industry. I mean I have confidence in these young artists that they will put Malawi on the map. And I urge them to stay focused,” said the iconic musician.
Banda is a veteran musician who has been active in music industry for over 35 years, and his energetic performance at Comesa Hall gave the audience value of their money.
On his part, Namadingo said he too was honoured to share the stage with Banda, from whom he draws his inspiration.
“Paul is a father to me and it’s a great honour to share the stage with him and I do not take this for granted. And to receive his endorsement in music is something worthwhile,” said Namadingo.
The Msati Mseke musician said it has taken him patience, practice and determination to reach where he is now; hence, it is a dream that has come true to brush shoulders with giant musicians such as Banda.
“Even performing before a mixed audience like this is not a mean achievement in my music career. I thank God for uplifting me,” he said.
Commenting on the promotion of young talent in the country, director of Entertainers Promotions, Tonderai Banda, said his firm is committed to working with both established and emerging artists.
“Bringing established and emerging artists together is a deliberate move aimed at helping young artist get exposure and lessons from established artists. I believe this is the only way we can improve the music industry,” said Tonderai.