Matindi FM’s ‘Bwalo La Alakatuli’ returns to Robins Park this Friday, May 1 2015 where veterans poets, among them Benedicto Okomaatani Malunga, Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa and Sylvester Kalizang’oma, will share stage with new entrants in poetry circles.
The private owned station will also took time to recognize and award Malunga, Kalizang’oma, Nthiwatiwa, Hudson Chamasowa, Felix Njonjonjo Katsoka and the late Aubrey Nazombe for their immerse contributions towards poetry growth in the country.
“We want to recognize the work they have done through thick and thin. We are mainly looking at the poets that have been there and they are still there up to date doing the work.
“We also decided to include the late Nazombe because is one of people who introduced poetry shows in Malawi. This show will make people appriciate the work these poets did and as Matindi, we want people to know the roots of poetry in Malawi,” said Matindi’s Kenneth Mkondiwa.
The show will also be graced by the Mayor of Blantyre City, His Worship Noel Chalamanda and other prominent figures.
Other poets expected to perform include Robert Chiwamba, Joseph Madzedze, Raphael Sitima, Samuel Joseph, Amfumu, Isa Zuze and Yohane Pangani.
There will also be comedians like Bon ‘Winiko’ Kalindo, Mada Nyambo, Achair, Nicolas ‘Che Mkope’ Mbonela and Aunt Getu.
Meanwhile, Malunga has hailed Matindi FM for promoting poetry and exposing new entrants through Bwalo la Alakatuli programme.
In past years, the industry had not outlets compared to current status where private stations have got programmes aimed to promote the industry, according to Malunga.
“The time we were joining this industry, there were no outlets or radio programmes to promote us, but today with mushrooming of private radio stations, poets are assured of poetry programmes.
“This has really helped and advanced poetry industry and more poets have been exposed through these programmes. Likewise, fans have now embraced poets and poetry shows because of these radio stations (Matindi and Joy FM),” said Malunga.
The poetry industry has rapidly grown with new faces like Samuel Joseph, Patwell Phiri, Humble C, Mlakatuli Nankhoma, Luckier Chikopa, Padiwa Kasho and Raphael Sitima, among others.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :