Zahara to visit Blantyre Girls Primary School

South Africa’s Afro-soul singer Zahara will Saturday afternoon visit Blantyre Girls Primary School where she will give a motivational talk to students.

The award winning songbird, famed for her hit song Loliwe, arrives into the country at through Chileka International Airport at 12:15 ahead of her two concerts in Blantyre and Lilongwe.

The South African will perform at Comesa Hall in the commercial city on Saturday night and Crossroads Hotel in the capital Lilongwe on Sunday night.

According to Mango Entertainment, a Blantyre-based showbiz firm that is bringing in Zahara, the singer will travel straight from the airport to the school located in Ndirande Township.

Zahara: To visit school

Zahara: To visit school

The singer travelling with her manager and 10 band members will fly in through Chileka Airport at 12:15. She will proceed to Blantyre Girls Primary for the motivational talk.

Mango Entertainment believes her talk will be motivating to students at the institution and make a difference to their aspirations.

“Her success story, from nothing to something, is a very moving and emotional piece, which she has shared to many girls and musicians over her career time.

“A Christian, Zahara wants to touch people with her music and her songs reflect on what she believes in as a Christian and her faith in God,” says the firm’s spokesperson Dave Gadama in a  statement made available to Nyasa Times.

Zahara, who has become a force to reckon with on the African music scene with her debut 2011 album Loliwe, grew up in rural East London and had been performing around the Eastern Cape since she was in primary school.

According to the statement, the artist never had any formal lessons in music, and it is said that she does not even know the names of the chords she plays on her acoustic guitar.

She is quoted as saying her success story should be an inspiration to all up-and-coming musicians, pointing out that her recent exploits mask the challenges she faced a few years back when she was still a rural girl trying to make it in the industry.

“I can’t remember how many of my demos were rejected by major record labels. Even radio stations didn’t want to play my music, and as a young artist that really set me back, but I guess God has his own time,” says the singer, born Bulelwa “Spinach” Mkutukana.

Zahara’s prayers were answered in March 2011 when TS Records co-founder Thembinkosi “TK” Nciza saw her performing at a club in East London. He instantly liked her, proposed a deal and late last year she made her debut live DVD appearance on Nhlanhla Nciza’s DVD, performing Loliwe.

Apart from Zahara’s motivational talk at Blantyre Girls, Mango Entertainment is also expected to donate a year-long newspaper subscription to the school in support of Nation Publications Limited (NPL)’s “Adopt A school” project.

Under the project, which seeks to promote the dwindling reading culture in the country, organizations or individuals adopt a school of their choice and pays for newspaper subscription to NPL to deliver newspapers daily for students to read.

Mango Entertainment has subscribed two newspapers per day valued at MK165,000 to be delivered for one year to the school.

Commenting on security during the concert at Comesa Hall, Gadama says Mango has engaged over 35 Group One personnel and 10 armed police officers to ensure security of patrons at the venue.

In Blantyre, Zahara is expected to share the stage with Malawian artists Dan Lu, Edgar ndi Davis and Maskal, while in Lilongwe on Sunday, she will come face-to-face with Lulu and the Black Missionaries.

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