By Sam Banda Jnr:
Umodzi Park Amphitheatre in Lilongwe will tomorrow host a free-of-charge Fusion Africa Live Music Showcase which Music Crossroads Academy and Creative Training Campus have organised.
The showcase has a rich lineup, featuring Faith Mussa with his one-man act, Orquesta Chungu made up of members from Germany, South Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, Music Crossroads Band from Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, Daughters Band and Move International Band featuring members from Norway, Brazil and Mozambique.
Music Crossroads International Director, Joe Herrmann, said Thursday that the showcase was part of exposing people to artistic creations from different parts of the world.
“The campus has been a very successful one. It is the largest we have done so far with over 100 participants and 11 trainers.
“Participants have acquired a lot of knowledge and, right now, we are concluding teacher training campus which closes with a showcase concert on Saturday (tomorrow),” Herrmann said.
He said the biggest highlight this year has been the integration of wind instruments.
“It has taken us years to get this ready and in place. And now, for the first time, Music Crossroads will be able to present a big band during the concert. We will also offer wind instruments at our Music Academies,” Herrmann said.
Faith said he was looking forward to the showcase.
“I ready to offer the one-man band act,” Faith said.
Daughters Band bassist, Phalyce Kumdana, said they were ready for the showcase.
“As an all-female band, we are looking forward to offering our package. We just want to call upon people to come in large numbers and enjoy the vibes,” Kumdana said.
She said they were also happy that their lead vocalist would be part of the performance, having been out of the country with the Hears Us Children in Spain.
“We have had some performances where we were without our lead vocalist Chifundo Sandy. But she comes back today (yesterday) and it will be great to have her there,” Kumdana said.