Malawi’s highly decorated music kingpin legendary Lucius Banda popularly known as ‘soldier of the poor’ in the music circles and three other singers have sang their hearts out in a touching and emotional tribute song to all the floods victims in Malawi asking all citizens to come together in solidarity to help those affected.
In the poignantly emotive hymn, Lucius Banda who is also Balaka North parliamentarian has teamed up with silky-voiced Skeffa Chimoto, stylish R ‘n’ B crooner Lawrence Khwisa popularly known as Lulu and the country’s dancehall queen Wendy ‘Sizzla’ Harawa.
Banda who has 17 albums under his belt donated the song titled ‘Tigwirane Manja’ to Malawi Association UK as a theme song for the fundraising event to be held in Nottingham on Saturday, 31st January 2015, at Hyson Green Youth Club on Terrence Street NG7 ER upon hearing that Malawians in the UK have come together to do something for those that are suffering as a result of the devastating torrential rains.
“I thought it was wise for me and my fellow artists to add our voice to the appeal for Malawians in the UK to help through Malawi Association UK,” said the Mabala hit maker in an interview with Nyasa Times.
“I plead to all our brothers and sisters in the UK to donate the little they can afford, things are so bad here. People are suffering and the little they can give will make a difference. This is for all of us,” pleaded the country’s music heavyweight.
“Ndi mitima yachikondi, tigwirane manja
Atsogoleri atsogola kuwonetsa chikondi
tonsefe titsate m’buyomo
Afedwa, tosefe tafedwa….” goes the chorus of the mantra.
The deadly floods have damaged crops, houses, schools, hospitals and swept away livestock and Malawi’s President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has declared all the affected areas ‘disaster areas’ and has extended his government’s appeal for help to the international community.
The UK Malawi floods fundraiser has been organised by Malawi Association UK (MAUK) an umbrella body for all Malawians in the UK in conjunction with the Malawi High Commission in London supported by the faith community and a consortium of all Malawian associations and organisations and is hosted by Nyasa Daughters of Nottingham (NDN) to raise funds and relief materials for the floods victims, especially school-going children.
MAUK chairperson Martin Guga in an interview with Nyasa Times said MAUK executive members are overwhelmed by the support Malawians in the UK have given the association towards organisation of the event and thanked Lucius Banda and the featured artists for the song saying it was great and a positive development.
“Lucius (Banda) is a legend. We all know he is a busy person but he took off his time from his busy schedules to compose such a beautiful and heart touching song and engage other big artists to record the song. We really appreciate the fact that Lucius appreciated the efforts of Diaspora Malawians in the UK in their shared quest to support the flood victims back home,” said Guga.
He added: “The song will surely make a huge difference to the event. It is beautifully sung and arranged befitting the event. We’re thankful to Lucius Banda and all who took part in it for giving us this song.”
Guga said the event will kick-start with prayers at 2:00pm and will run through to 10:00 pm and the party will continue thereafter at nearby Malawian joint, Kwacha Social Club, which is just a stone-throw away from the venue to dance the night away on 47 Gregory Boulevard road adjacent to Natwest Bank.
He however retaliated his appeal to all Malawians in the UK, friends of Malawi, groups, charities, organisations and the business community to donate to the cause through the Malawi Association UK Emergency appeal fund saying that the funds raised will attract 25% gift aid and will be doubled by Her Majesty’s government.
“Every £1 you donated, people in Malawi will receive over £2. I urge every Malawian to donate now by visiting: www.givey.com/malawiassociationemergencyfloodappeal,” explained Guga.
The Malawi Floods tribute single will be available for sale on CD at the fundraiser event and all the proceeds will go towards the cause.
MAUK executive member Cossaigne Kachingwe said the song has a very powerful message and applauded Lucius Banda for taking the initiative to give Malawians in the Diaspora something to ponder and mule over.
“Lucius Banda is the poster and a perfect picture of Malawi music and has added a deeper dimension to the cause while Lulu is bringing an artistic touch to it. This is a wonderful,” said Kachingwe.
Kachingwe said Malawians need to dig deep into their pockets to help fellow Malawians and must not wait for others to do it.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :