In recognition of the Malawi Netball team’s feat at the Netball World Cup, long time producer Joseph Tembo and gospel artist and Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) president Chimwemwe Mhango have released a song titled Malawi Queens.
In an interview, Mhango said: “We are Malawians who follow everything that Malawians are doing in various circles. If someone excels, you become a proud Malawian. We watched the Queens play in the diamond challenge in South Africa and the World Cup in Australia.
“And at the World Cup, they real had a spirit of wanting to get it, therefore we had to sit down and do something that will uplift their spirits. They may not have won the cup, but they are the pride of Malawi.”
As a means of bringing colour to the song, it starts with the commentary of Zodiak Broadcasting Corporation sports commentator, Mike Bango.
The chorus, which sings praises of the players, is an adaptation of one of the old folksongs Senderera. While the plan is to have it sent to different radio stations, the song will also be made into a video.
“We are planning to shoot a video focusing on the Queens exploits with a bit of us singing. This, we believe, is going to be a morale booster for them. We want to talk to Airtel Malawi who are the official sponsors of the team, to see if they can help us fund the shooting. This will be done as soon as possible,” he said.
The song was written and done over night, according to Tembo.
“They made us proud Malawians, we thought they deserve a recognition to thank them. They flew our flag high since we can’t give them money but rather a little incentive. Imagine, a Malawian winning player of the tournament accolade is no mean achievement,” said Tembo.