Edgar ndi Davis, Maskal in fundraising concert for hospital drugs

Renowned acoustic musicians Edgar ndi Davis will Thursday evening come face-to-face with Afro-Pop singer Maskal in a charity show whose purpose is to raise funds to buy drugs that will be donated to public hospitals.

The show, which has been organised by Together for Life Foundation, will take place at Steers Gardens in Blantyre and will also feature the octogenarian grandfather of acoustic music, Giddes Chalamanda and the E-wallet finalists.

The Foundation was prompted to come up with the show on Valentine’s Day, which in Malawi comes at a time when the country is facing acute shortage of medicine.

According to Oscar Kafotokoza, who is the initiative’s organising secretary, the drugs will be distributed to rural health centres in the districts of Blantyre and Chiradzulu.

Kafotokoza calls on orporate companies to join the cause
Kafotokoza calls on orporate companies to join the cause

“We are targeting rural health centres in these districts because people in rural areas cannot afford to buy medicines because of low income base than people living in urban areas,” Kafotokoza told Nyasa Times.

He said his Foundation will work together with District Health Officers in the targeted districts to identify the hospitals that will benefit from the initiative.

He however said they have not put a target on how much they want to realise from the event, saying “any amount we can raise will be enough to serve a single life, that’s paramount to our course.”

The Foundation, which is a grouping of young professionals and business gurus established to assist the needy in Malawi, has since asked corporate companies in the country to join them by donating any amount towards the course.

Said Kafotokoza: “Together we can achieve a lot. Tidziyamba ndife a Malawi kuthandiza (we should take an initiative to help as Malawians) thereafter we can seek help from outside”.

In a separate interview, Maskal told Nyasa Times that artists have big roles to play in communities and performing at the fundraiser is one way of saying thanks to his fans.

“As an artist the community has done a lot for me. I have come a long way to get to where I am now and I know how it feels when you want support from others and I feel just a hand can make a huge difference,” said the Udalire singer.

Commenting on the show, Davis Njobvu of Edgar ndi Davis said: “This show will be very exciting since both Maskal and Edgar ndi Davis are on the upbeat at the moment having released new albums Umunthu and Energy Saver.

After the fundraiser, Maskal and Edgar ndi Davis will face each other again on Saturday at Comesa Hall in Blantyre as opening acts for South African singing sensation Zahara.

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