BY SAM BANDA JNR:
Two Jacaranda School for Orphans students Vanessa Lita and Joyce Mtepa leave the country Tuesday for Bosnia, where they are expected to perform.
This will be the first time for the two, who have been active in music at the school, to perform in Bosnia.
The two students, who will be accompanied to Bosnia by Jacaranda School for Orphans founder Marie Da Silva and Executive Director Luc Deschamps, said they were excited with the trip.
“I am happy that I will perform in Bosnia; it’s our first time with Joyce but not the first time to perform outside the country,” Vanessa said.
Vanessa, who recently came third in the inaugural French Song competition, said they were looking forward to doing their best and showning the best of Malawi.
Joyce also said she was happy with the trip and hailed Jacaranda for the support and opportunity.
“We are ready to give out our best and it’s all about selling Malawi and its talent,” Joyce said.
The two students were recently among Jacaranda School for Orphans students that showcased their talent to Madonna when she visited the school.
Madonna said after watching the performances that she was blown away with the talent at the school.
Vanessa and Joyce have been invited to sing to over 40,000 people at a Youth Music Festival in Medjugorje, Bosnia.
Da Silva said Vanessa and Joyce will perform songs they wrote and usually perform at Jacaranda.
The songs include ‘Children of Africa’ and ‘Education’.
“The students have been invited by Mary’s Meals who will have an hour on stage speaking about their programme. Today Mary’s Meals feeds 937,997 children in Malawi daily and this includes Jacaranda School learners,” she said.
Da Silva said they feel honoured to be invited to a festival which brings thousands of people from many countries around the world.
“Joyce and Vanessa will be able to enjoy various world music performed by the youth. At Jacaranda school, we take the arts very seriously and give students a platform to showcase their talents,” she said.
On the day they will be leaving for Bosnia, two other students from the school- Mayeso Bamusi and Pemphero Chiwaya-will be returning from Los Angeles, United States of America, after spending a month at Otis College of Art and Design.
“Our goal is to give the students chances where they can learn and acquire skills and knowledge from other places around the world,” Da Silva said.
Their itinerary indicates that they will first jet into Croatia and then drive to Bosnia.
Da Silva, said from there, they will proceed to France where the girls will visit Paris and the French countryside.