Malawi’s The Blacks reggae group praise JB

MALAWI MUSIC:  Malawi’s reggae group The Black Missionaries has praised President Joyce Banda for her passion of the arts. The group’s frontman Anjilu Fumulani said this after the group received tickets that will enable them to travel to South Africa where the members will connect to Ireland.

The presentation ceremony of the air tickets took place on Monday at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

“The President’s gesture just demonstrates her passion for arts and we are very grateful for the air tickets. We have observed that President Joyce Banda is determined to promote the creative industries,” said Fumuluni.

Anjilu also thanked the organisers of the shows in Ireland for making the trip possible.

“The other expenses including air tickets to and from Ireland have been paid for by the organisers. This has given us the opportunity to take the Black Missionaries brand to europe,” he said.

This is not the first time for President Banda, who is fondly called JB, to support the country’s artists. Two months ago she also donated air tickets to Lilongwe-based gospel songbird Miriam Kuseni to travel to United Kingdom.

Apart from making direct donations to artists, JB has also supported the film industry as African Academy Movie Awards (AAMA). In honour of her late father, JB has also introduced an annual gospel music competition dubbed Grey Mtila.

During many artistic functions the President has attended, she has emphasised on the importance of is a fulcrum of development in several developing countries.

However, for a long time, Malawi’s creative industry has suffered from neglect due to lack of political will.

Promises have been made by politicians including artists who have become legislators but little has been achieved on the ground. Important legislations and documents like Cultural Policy are gathering dust at the ministry.

“Indeed, Malawi’s creative industries urgently need political will. But it is my sincere hope that this time around the President will look into this issue seriously,” said Anjilu.

The Black Missionaries’ front man urged other stakeholders to emulate President Banda’s gesture, saying it was one way to improving the country’s creative industries.

Commenting on the band’s trip to Ireland, Anjilu said The Black Missionaries will perform at this year’s Miss Malawi Ireland function on August 17.

“We are ready for the show in Ireland and Malawians living there should expect lots of fun and energetic performance from us,” he said.

The group left for South Africa on Tuesday and it is expected to return home on August 28.


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