Lazarus wins Tribeca award in US

Musician Lazarus Chigwandali is one of the recipients of this year’s Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA) which are part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, United States.

The award follows the successful screening of Lazarus’ documentary at the festival, according to producer Johan Hugo.

Lazarus (C) shows off his award

“He has been recognised with a personal Disruptive Award after a documentary about his life and the role he is playing in demystifying issues surrounding people with albinism as well as promoting their lives was screened at the festival,” he said.

Apart from Lazarus’ documentary being screened at the festival for four times, the artist had talking sessions as well as shows in New York.

The shows’ proceeds will go towards the next project for the musician, according to Hugo.

“We’re trying to build Lazarus and his family a house that’s safe, where no-one can try to harm them. We only have 30 days to get this project worldwide attention and change Lazarus’ life! Please donate,” said Hugo.

In their 10th anniversary, the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards “serve as a living laboratory for advances in disruptive innovation theory and bring together the world’s most fascinating disruptors whose stories will inspire anyone with an interest in the process of innovation,” according to

Other honourees include eight-year-old Nigerian refugee and chess prodigy Tanitoluwa Adewumi and Nelson Mandela’s grandson and chairperson of the Africa Rising Foundation Ndaba Mandela.

Lazarus found himself in New York courtesy of Hugo, a Swedish DJ and producer, who together with Malawi’s Esau Mwamwaya form the duo, The Very Best. Hugo became involved with Lazarus after he saw his music video in which he is performing with a homemade banjo along the streets of Lilongwe.

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