Malawi’s musician Giddes Chalamanda  lives dream, coming  to America

It all started as a dream for Malawi’s legendary acoustic musician Giddes Chalamanda close to four decades ago that one day he visits the United States of America but now, the dream has turned into reality.

Giddes walking to board South African Airways
Giddes walking to board South African Airways

Chalamanda now aged 86 left the country on Wednesday 29th June 2016 on his historical trip to America where he is expected to hold live music performances.

Sporting a new and fitted modern black suit, Giddes  smiled teeth-out Wednesday when he left v to the United States – a destination which has been childhood dream.

The singer  had just two words to all those who contributed to making his dream come, “thank you.”

According to Emmanuel Maliro, one of those that steered ‘Chalamanda Coming to America’ initiative, they were also “thankful.”

He said, among others, the octogenarian will visit fans, and Malawians living there. The Michigan State University will host him for a show in his honour.

The  first show will be on 6th July, 2016 in Washington where he will perform alongside his Managers Edgar Kachere and Davis Njobvu of the Edgar & Davis Band plus Patience Namadingo of the ‘Msati Mseke’ fame.

His next perfomarce will be in Indiana.

While in America, apart from singing, Chalamanda will also sell Malawian culture through different activities including lecturers.

In his song Buffalo Soldiers song produced decades ago, Chalamanda sung “if I had enough money, I would go to America”.

This prompted Edgar and Davis alongside other innovative young men to come up with innitiatives and arrangements that can help to raise enough money for Chalamanda to accomplish his life time dream.



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7 years ago

Mwaitha A Giddes Mnjende Chenene nganga

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