Malawi urban artists unite to combat abuse

A group of Malawian urban music artists have joined forces to fight different forms of abuse rocking the country in a campaign called Project April.

Project April is an annual initiative which was founded last year to promote the fight against exploitation of children, women, house workers and other forms of victimisation against humanity through music.

With the 2013 first Project April music show, held at Portuguese Club, proving to be a success, this year another event has been organised and is slated for this Sunday, April 27, at Lilongwe Golf Club.

Malawi urban musicians in Project April
Malawi urban musicians in Project April

Themed “No victims No abuse (Awareness and care for HIV victims), Project April 2014 has roped in a foreign act, Ugandan hip-hop artist Lyll Mykk, who will share the stage with some of Malawi’s renowned urban artists.

The local acts billed to perform include Blasto (who will also host the event), Blaze, Classick, Janta, BigTar, Dominant 1, Nyasa Queens, Roy View and Ntchana, just to mention a few.

“We are in the final phase of preparations and all the artists are ready. Lyll Mykk is expected in the country Saturday morning,” project founder Timothy Kailedzi aka Timoteo Malawi told Nyasa Times.

Timoteo, a hip-hop artist based in the capital Lilongwe, further disclosed that renowned poet Q Malewezi and Sweden-based duo of Johan Karlberg and Esau Mwamwaya, popularly known as The Very Best, will also perform in support of the initiative.

As observed by Timoteo, who is also working as a minister with Ruth’s Shawl, an organisation that ministers to orphans and widows, there is a lot of abuse happening in the urban setting, but there’s little attention paid to combat it.

He said he saw the need to work with musicians because in music there was power.

“The urban [dwellers] are in a big danger and exposed to different forms of abuse and I’m of the belief that with the power music has, urban [artists] can reach them in a most impact way than others,” he said.

He added: “We can see that it’s working, we made an impact with last year’s event and this year we believe the impact will be big as we will be working with Timveni TV, who will broadcast the Sunday event.”

Apart from the forthcoming show, there is a Project April mixtape called ‘No Victims. No Abuse’, which features 14 Malawian hip-hop and reggae dancehall artists spreading messages with a common goal of combating the different forms of abuse happening in society.

Timoteo Malawi is working with Timveni TV, Airtel Malawi and Verbal Slaughter, among other partners who are making the initiative possible.

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