Malawi’s veteran reggae female artist Tamanyawaka Chavula has been invited to the first ever ‘Africa Unite Reggae Sun Splash’ to be staged in Cape Town, South Africa later this month.
The day-two day reggae festival will take place on September 23 and 24 and all African countries will be represented.
However, Chavula, who is based in Ivory Coast, has asked wel-wishers and corporate entities to financially support her to realize her dream of representing Malawi at the first ever continental high level carnival.
According to Theophilus Media Consultants, the musician is needing K7 million for transport and accommodation and related costs.
“The whole trip, thus to and from South Africa, is expected to cost the artist and her back up band a total of K7 million in transport and accommodation. Tamanyawaka has already raised K3 million and she need support from the corporate world.
“It is the desire of the artist to travel with a band from Malawi to give out a true reflection of Malawian music antics,” said Bester Nyang’wa, Managing Consultant for Theophilus Media Consultants.
And speaking in a telephone interview from Ivory Coast, the self styled reggae artist said it would make any sense for her and Malawi to perform using a CD or backed up by a South African band.
“They offered me an air ticket to and from South Africa, but I’ve opted to travel by bus so that the money intended for my airfare be channelled towards other needs for me and the Malawian band that I intend to travel with.
“All I am dying for is to represent my country at this very important event. This is why I am calling on the corporate world and other well wishers to assist me in any possible. It could be cash or they can provide us with bus tickets and accommodation for the team exoected to travel to South Africa,” said Chavula.
The artist further said she will perform at the festival both as an ambassador and the country’s flag carrier.
The event has been organised by Bantu Media of South Africa and the Rastafari United Front. The festival is part of an ongoing campaign by the two bodies to promote social cohesion, nation building, moral regeneration and the fight against xenophobia.
Tamanyawaka Chavula, who has 3 albums to her credit, one of them international, is also well known for her charitable work.
The artist, who has largely shared stage with Chileka based Black Missionaries Band, recently donated various items to Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe. She held a music show whose proceeeds were channelled to her charitable works.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :