By Donata Mpochela
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- Malawi local arts have expressed worrisome over coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic which has affected various ceremonies across the country.
In random interviews, artists across the country say the pandemic has stopped them from doing things that bring food their tables as well as connect them with their fans.
Ugandan humorist Herbert Mendo Ssegujja, Popularly known by his stage name Teacher Mpamire in an interview said the situation has affected the local creative’s as they have cancel shows.
“This has affected us heavily. The virus has brought a huge challenge to performing arts sector as I was scheduled to perform to various places but with this, alls has been cancelled.
“I am trying to streamline through internet in order to reach out to my fans but still more this is not reaching to my satisfaction as most people do not enjoy online shows than live concepts,” Mpamire said.
Faith Mussa’s Manager, Sam Chiwaka said it is about time artists have different ideas to make money such as live streaming.
“But, they need to find ways to monetize streaming by doing product placement if they have to go to that routine,” Chiwaka explained.
In a separate interview, former Player for Chitipa United Football Club, Christopher Mtambo said covid-19 has hit them so hard has threatened us a lot in soccer
“Just imagine we have been training hard for the Tnm Super League games, then over the sudden due to covid-19 Football Association of Malawi (FAM) had to suspend all football matches.
“On a rare note, this is going to bring laziness to us because on much training we have had will not be having them, for example people cannot bet anymore because there is no football watch so will they betting for?, and economically, this will affect us a lot, no me in person but the whole country,” Mtambo said.
Phyzix’s manager, George Damson said the pandemic has forced them to cancel all his planned shows.
“We have been affected so much especially as we have cancelled the countrywide Kugawa Makofi Tour and now we don’t know when the pandemic will last. This was a chance for us meet our fans basing on nationwide.
“Live shows are our biggest source of income so that has also taken a massive hit following measure implemented to combat the pandemic.
“I however, must emphasize that the health and well-being of our fans comes first,” explained Damson.
He further said they will be reaching their fans through digital platforms.
“Our fans can access our material using digital platforms as will be available 24/7. These are our social media pages such as Whatsapp, twitter, You Tube, Facebook, Instagram. We will be offering periodic updates on our entire social media platform,” Damson said.
Speaking to the Designer, Roy View Banda said Covid-19 has negatively affected his business in so many ways.
“This Covid-19 pandemic has affected my business a lot as people’s attention is now diverted to the virus and people are focusing on buying things like hand sanitizers and others in order to stay safe which is not bad at all.
“People now want to save money just in case the situation gets worse and they have to buy groceries in bulk so they are not spending their monies on luxuries like clothes,” Roy said.
He said: “Countries that supply us with raw materials have been hit by the virus there by making it hard for the good to be transported in Malawi.
“When we look at the closure of offices and schools have economically affected because this is where I get most of my customers, however, slowly, the world economy is being affected as it is reducing the buying power of the customers,” added Roy.
Emcee Yankho Seunda said business is not something worry the most.
“Yes our businesses have vast been affected but the greatest priority in life is the health of the person so the business not something someone is supposed to worry the most.
“It is quiet unfortunate that the virus pandemic has hitted so hard in as much as we have not had unregistered cases in Malawi but in some of the precautionary measures we have to adjust to considering that they have been a restriction of less than 100 people on gatherings,” Seunda said.
“This means now it’s our co-responsibility to make sure that a new form of how things are supposed to be done is driven in places of weddings and engagements but most of the people that we had bookings with have come to the formal agreement of postponements we just have to adhere to that, perhaps, it does not coincide with other bookings,” Seunda said.
Other forms of art equally affected by the coronavirus are poet, drama, dancing, modeling, and photography industry