By: Lackson Kanyoza
Little by little the dream of acoustic legendary musician Giddes Chalamanda to visit America is coming into reality as today the 86 year old legend is expected to perform in Zomba.
After two successful fundraising activities in Blantyre and Lilongwe the legend is scheduled to mesmerise fans in Zomba at Gymkhana club from 1pm up to 6pm.
Public relations officer for ‘Giddes Chalamanda come to America project,’ Emmanuel Maliro said in an interview with The Malawi star says they are ready for the show.
“All preparations for today’s concert are going on very well, as we are talking now tickets for the show have sold out meaning that people from Zomba are also ready to see Giddes and the rest of the artists performing. We are more than ready and we just urge all fans to come in large numbers to patronise the show and give us support, ” Maliro said.
After today’s show Maliro says next month they are going to perform in Mzuzu.
“Next on the menu is Mzuzu but we are yet to release the dates and the venue but possibly the show will take place at Mzuzu hotel if all goes well with our arrangements.
Right now it will be difficult to disclose how much money we have collected so far because a lot of people are just pledging, others are sending the money straight into the bank account so we are unable to bring the details together yet. But late me take this opportunity to thank everyone who is contributing towards the trip so that it should be successful,” he said.
As the fundraising activities continue Maliro added that soon the team will launch an SMS competition and that next month, Lilongwe will host a golf tournament.
About K40 million (about $59 000) is needed for the octogenarian to live his childhood dream of performing in America.
The trip, dubbed ‘Giddes Coming to America Tour’, is aimed at creating a fairy tale for the octogenarian to realise his boyhood ambition by, not only seeing America, but performing as well.
According to Maliro the old school music maestro will be joined on this epic tour by acoustic kings; Edgar and Davis, ‘Msati Mseke’ hit maker Patience Namadingo among others.