U.S. Embassy partners with Nvak, Raising Malawi to mentor young Malawians in music

The State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Arts Envoy Program through the U.S. Embassy has partnered with Nvak, an American non-profit organization to provide year-round, in-person and remote lessons in songwriting, music production, audio engineering, marketing, and public relations to young Malawians.

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In a statement made available to Nyasa Times, the program runs from November 4th to November 21st at Music Crossroads Academy in Lilongwe.

“With a $55,000 grant from the State Department and additional funding provided by Madonna Ciccone’s non-profit, Raising Malawi, the program is taking place in Malawi for the first time.

“The inaugural group of 17 talented female musicians are attending a free songwriting and production workshop, taught by a respected team of professional songwriting and production teachers,” reads the statement in part.

Nvak has brought leading songwriters and producers from the United States to teach their craft and work with the students hands-on, recording music in the studio.

The students will learn songwriting, top-lining, production and basics of engineering, and how to release music for a global stage. Each participant will write an original song, workshop the music with the staff, and complete a demo.

According to the statement, selected musicians from the group will have the additional opportunity to have their original music produced by the visiting producers.

There is also the additional opportunity for the artists to perform their work live at a concert on November 16th at Latitude 13 Hotel from 2-5pm and Bingu International Conference Centre during the African Fashion and Arts Festival from 6:30pm, both in Lilongwe.

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3 years ago

such initiatives are super welcome. great investment. some should come and remember boys too.

3 years ago

Nice try.. it is unfortunately nothing but a sexist, social engineering experiment to make the donors happy about themselves. Why not ask them to allow Malawi musicians to be heard in their own nations? Do you have to fly in singers from USA yet we give them majority of the music they like through the Africans over there? Maybe they should take dance lessons in exchange for “teaching” our young women about music. This is why the west influence is failing in Africa.. the chinese will never be caught doing something as dumb as this. Beware the gift of your… Read more »

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