Timveni Child and Youth Media Organization, in an effort to achieve its strategic objectives, is implementing 18+ Atsikana Osaphweketsa Media Project aimed at strengthening the capacity of girls, boys, youths and community leaders through media and promoting usage of media to influence the review and implementation of legal frameworks including bye laws to end child marriages.
The project is also aimed at strengthening the capacity of media practitioners to improve coverage and reporting of child rights and child marriages and promoting production and airing of media programs and best practices on ending child marriages.
Girls of Nanthomba CDSS in Dowa Entering the competition
The organization with support from Nokrin Norway and Plan International Malawi, is running a music competition targeting school going boys and girls between the ages 15-24, utilizing Timveni’s media platforms of radio, television and Face book.
In a statement dated 11th February 2021 signed by its Executive Director, Herbert Chidaya, Timveni says since the beginning of the Competition in November 2020, over 600 entries from various schools and individuals nationwide have been received and processed, saying the entries were sent via WhatsApp and some were collected through live auditions conducted in Lilongwe and Mulanje districts.
Timveni says the Competition has identified renowned music producers and famous musicians in the names of Faith Mussa, Angella [Tigris] Mizinga and Kelvin Before Gumbi a.k.a KBG, as judges and mentors, first to trim down the number of entries and second, to mentor the top ten contestants.
The organization says the selected top ten contestants are expected to go through a music workshop in Lilongwe to be conducted by the Music Crossroads Malawi for a period of 5 days in February 2021, saying the workshop aims at training these young aspiring musicians on how they can use their musical talents for purposes of advocacy, civic participation and activism.
It says after the workshop the top ten contestants will go through another live audition session where their passion for music. ability to grasp concepts and singing skills will be further be assessed, saying the process will lead to the selection and identification of the top 3 finalists who will be assigned to the judges for mentorship and 18+song composition.
……”Each individual contestant with support from the mentor, is expected to compose and perform a song whose theme has to be around the issues affecting the youth,’’…..reads part of the statement.
Timveni says the final activity of the Competition will be live performances by the 3 top finalists to an audience where one overall winner will be identified to go away with K200,000, Number 2, K150,000, while Number 3 K100,000.
The winner will also have a studio session with a renowned music producer and scholastic materials support which will include an academic scholarship.
Timveni says it is aware of risks posed by Covid-19 pandemic that in the process of implementing this Competition, it will ensure that all Covid-19 prevention protocols are seriously adhered to.
By Vincent Gunde