By Kiran Ntapasha:
A third year student from Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) Bachelor of Arts in African Musicology, Khumbo Kafwafwa has released a single titled “Gennuh rah Tree” meaning important tree.
He told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday that the single was released in June adding would be releasing a music video for the song this month.
“This song tells the world that I have come into the music industry to stay. Gennuh rah tree is a song that talks about my relevance in the music industry. I want to tell the world that I am here to motivate and impact peoples lives.
“The song encourages people to keep going despite the challenges they are facing in their day to day lives and I am commending MUST for introducing musicology as a programme of study,” Kafwafwa said.
He said musicology has helped to promote his music career and expose him to singing as well as playing musical instruments.
He added,” I have learned to play instruments that I was not able to and I can now understand music not only from what people see but from the notes that make sounds and produce a song as a whole.”
Meanwhile, the 2020 Urban Music People (UMP) best dancehall act nominee has encouraged the youth to pursue programmes that promote talents as one way of creating high standards for talents in the country.
Executive Dean for Bingu School of Culture and Heritage at MUST, Dr. Robert Chanunkha said misconceptions and ignorance were major challenges discouraging people to study talent promotion programmes further.
“Most people think music and other talent promotion programmes are misplaced in the education system. Take for example music; some think it is about mere singing and dancing and they think studying musicology is a waste of time when they can sing and dance without going into class.
“Most of the times they compare with talented people who have never been in class but are successful. What they do not know is that studies in music and other talent promotion programs address many needs of people in society through provision of rigorous learning for meaningful engagement with issues in the realm of science, technology, innovation, economics and sustainable development,” he said.
Dr. Chanunkha advised Malawians to learn from success stories of other countries and has since recommended talent promotion institutions to establish industries for talent-based professionals.
Musicology is a programme under the faculty of Bingu School of Culture and Heritage which has other programmes such as Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous knowledge, Bachelor of Arts in Language, Communication and Culture and Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Economy.