Three students at Lusubilo Music Centre in Karonga have graduated with certificates after a four-year study in music theory and practice.
The three—Chigomezgo Nyasulu (vocalist/saxophonist), Matthews Mphande (pianist/trumpeter) and Richard Mgara (saxophonist)—are also earmarked to be tutors at the centre.
Lusubilo Band leader Joseph Nyirenda confirmed the developments, saying the three were awarded with certificates at a graduation ceremony which took place a few weeks ago.
“We had a colourful ceremony where we bid farewell to our colleagues. They are earmarked to take up teaching roles at the centre,” said Nyirenda.
In a separate interview, Nyasulu said they are on the verge of signing a contract with the centre.
“We will sign contracts any day from now to be tutors for new comers,” said Nyasulu.
He said the training at the centre has helped him fulfil his dream in music.
“All I wanted was to be a musician, and the training has helped me become one of the finest saxophone players in the country. My plan is to impart these skills to up and coming musicians in the country,” he said.
Lusubilo Music Centre has been criticised for offering a mere certificate of attendance to its students after four years of study which, among other reasons, prompted four students to quit in October 2015.
The four also faulted the centre for lacking teachers which they claimed was the other reason that forced them to leave.
However, the music centre’s founder Agnes Kim Chungja on Monday refused to grant The Nation an interview, saying she is yet to recover from the paper’s earlier story which revealed the plight of students at the centre.
In earlier interviews, Chungja said she is sponsoring three Malawian students at the Korea National University of Arts who will be tutors at the centre upon their return.