Gov't, corporate world urged to invest in local artists in Malawi

By Thomas Siveliwa, A Correspondent

Musicians Association of Malawi (MA
M) President Chimwemwe Mhango has urged the corporate world and individuals in Malawi to invest in local artists whilst they are still alive.

Mhango made the plea during the burial of renowned Malawian musician Geoffrey Zigoma who died in India this week after a long battle with skin cancer.

“Helping local artists will help them match with their fellows from neighbouring countries,” he said.

He asked Malawians and government to support artists in the same manner they had supported Zigoma, by among other things joining hands in donating money so that Zigoma’s body should be repatriated back home.

Malawian artists, despite their rich creativity, are some of the poorest in the world. Unlike in some other African countries  - like Nigeria and South Africa - where government and the corporate world invest immensely in arts and entertainment, the best Malawi government and the corporate world can do is invest in football and netball tournaments.

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