A band comprising five girls is on a rare mission of empowering women to reach for their dreams.
The band which is known as Krazy colours their mission is to tackle different issues which hinder young women from achieving their highest goals.
“There are a lot of challenges that lead girls and women to havelow self-esteem which affects their ability to achieve goals.These challenges include child marriages, Gender Based Violence and HIV and AIDS.Our mission istherefore to reach out to them and empower them so that they change their attitudes, believe in themselves and become better citizens of this country,” said Cynthia Britt Phiri who is the band leader.
Despite depending on borrowed music equipment and not having the financial muscle to run with the mission, the five young women aged between 20 and 27 years have since 2006 been performing in schools, communities and entertainment places, preaching the message of female empowerment.
“Because we have such an important mission, we thought it wise to be part of the campaign aim at promoting girls’ education by being role models and also by performing in schools in Lilongwe,” said Phiri who is the band’s the lead guitarist and vocalist.
The all-female band whose other members are Christine Msuseni who plays the bass guitar and vocals; Felistus Phiri the Lead vocalist and pianist; Carol Fatch another pianist and vocalist and Kester Kunjewho plays drums and vocals, is confident that their mission will empower as many women as possible.
“Some people say that we cannot play instrument as well as men do and they look down at us as if our dreams cannot come into reality. We are however optimistic that we will achieve our mission,” she said.
All members of the band are graduates of Music Crossroads Academy which trains the youth to be professional musicians.