Four months after holding a successful music tour in Germany, Karonga’s Lusubilo Band is bound for another 10-day tour of South Korea mid-February this year.
The youth band has been invited by the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism which is hosting the 2017 Pyeongchang Art Dream Camp in Seoul and Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do Province.
The event has been organised by Korea Arts and Culture Education Service from February 17 to 23 2017. Lusubilo Band is expected to leave on February 15 and return on February 26.
According to an invitation letter addressed to Lusubilo founder Professor Kim Chungja which we have seen, the Art Dream Camp will bring together professionals and youths from four countries of Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malawi to share and showcase their artistry and creativity.
Chungja said she is excited with the invitation, considering that Malawi is the only country in Africa that has been given the opportunity to be part of the celebrations.
The band first visited the country in 2014. This year’s visit comes a few weeks after Lusubilo Music Centre, which is home to the band, received guest tutors from Madagascar to train students in drums and piano for the next three months.
Meanwhile, two music centre’s students, Limbani Munthali (trumpet player) and Philip Mwanjasi (saxophone player), who were studying music at the Korean National University of Arts, will be graduating this year.
The centre has a total of 20 students, four teachers and two bands. The other band is Lusekero which is specifically for new students. n