New talent in the music industry has been drastically affected by the novel pandemic Coronavirus, a situation that has come about because they cannot display their talent on stage, hence denying them exposure.
A Mzuzu based young artist who has been affected by the pandemic, Jay Dee whose real name is James Chavula told VOMI NEWS that the pandemic preventive guidelines, which among others restrict gatherings of more than 50 people, is making it impossible for them to hold live performances which is central to public exposure.
“I am a victim of the Covid-19 pandemic and I am failing to make it to an established artist because of this pandemic. The situation is not conducive for us musicians especially we the up and coming one,” he said.
Chavula ventured into music industry in the year 2017 after releasing his single, titled “Ndipatse”, which block the Malawi music airwaves.
The artist has since worked with notable musicians in the country like Mady P and Keny C.
Concurring with Chavula prominent musician, Moses Makawa has faulted authorities for not doing enough in assisting musicians to sustain their lives amidst the pandemic.
“Artists do a very recommendable job in as far as educating and entertaining is concerned in the country, but the authorities are not doing the needful in paying back to us, and this would have been a good time to consider helping us,” he said.
Last year the Tourism and Culture Minister, Michael Using launched Malawian artist welfare fund, which is aimed at assisting the country’s artists in times of need for instance during illness and death.