Lusubilo Band of Karonga to perform in South Korea

Karonga-based Lusubilo Band will, in October this year, conduct a 10 -day music trip to South Korea courtesy of the country’s (Korean) volunteers in that country, Malawi News Agency has learnt.

Lusubilo Band’s tour to the Asian country is purposed to expose Malawi’s traditional music and record their second album.

Formed in 2010, the youthful grouping is the product of Lusubilo Music Centre, an art institution under St Mary’s Parish of the Roman Catholic Church in Karonga Diocese where young people learn music.

Speaking at a live show on Wednesday which was organized to bid farewell to one of the founders of Lusubilo Music Centre, Seungha Kwon, Project Manager for the Centre, Manacy Chisiza said the band is expected to perform three live concerts in South Korea starting from 16th October.

Lusubilo Band performing
Lusubilo Band performing

‘‘As you might observe that the world music industry has reluctantly accommodated Malawi’s traditional music, Lusubilo Band, with assistance from volunteers from Korea, has planned to perform in that country to break that barrier and expose our traditional music in the Asian continent,’’ said Chisiza.

‘‘We have a list of songs in our local language, Kyangonde and others in English. We hope we will entertain the Koreans besides putting Malawi on world music industry,’’ he added.

Chisiza also said during the 10 days the band will be in South Korea, they will also record a new and the band’s second album.

The African Pop and Jazz music players released their debut album ‘Africa Inuka’, meaning ‘Africa wake up’ in 2012.

Famous for their classic mixture of instruments which include trumpet, saxophone and tuba, the brass champions have performed in several competitions in the country and won the 2010 Chibuku ‘Road to Fame’ national championship.

According to Chisiza, the band is also going to participate in the ‘Mwezi wawala’ international arts festival which is expected to take place any time soon here in Malawi.

In her speech, Seungha Kwon, a South Korean National, commended the Malawian Youths for their interest in learning music which she said has potential to develop the country’s arts at a higher level.

Kwon, a music teacher herself, said it was the aim of Lusubilo Music Centre to impart music skills in the Malawian youths in order to expose their talents and achieve desirable goals in the process.

Lusubilo Band is composed of eleven musicians including two girls.

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