Of costly dry taps and poor music videos

Republicans, this week marks yet another tune in the compilation of a Malawian’s set of woes — water tariffs for our usually dry ghetto taps are up by about 50 percent, phew!

This means still more money for the little water that gets to my home. Are taps here to water our anguish?

And seemingly ever plunging into an economic sinkhole, does an average ghetto home have any rescue in sight? We are in for the music.

Come to imagine, with all the rain, rivers, lakes ponds and dams that litter our rolling landscapes, does this country have to financially kill for a drop of water?

You may notice it is almost a culture to always suffer in abundance. If we can’t even appropriately channel that water to a garden in the name of irrigation, what more to clean and pipe it to a kitchen sink at an affordable tariff!

I always wonder why we, as a country, glorify mediocrity, often at a huge financial cost.

Just a few days ago also came about the issue of Malawi’s music not making it to continental music TV shows such as MTV.

As usual, some musicians would wonder on social media and elsewhere why their trash is never given a slot on such acclaimed music video channels.

If truth be told, how many music videos, say in the last 10 years, have been good enough to make it beyond our borders? You mean these music videos shot at roundabouts by amateurs using toy cameras meet the MTV criteria?

And what is worse, even big guns in the music industry seem enmeshed in such a poor music video culture.

We need to work hard on our music videos. We have all it takes, even if it means importing skills or other resources. Why suffer in abundance?

No good video comes cheap, yes but we can afford five or six on MTV every year or two!

For instance, big guns such as Wambali, Lucius Banda or the Black Missionaries have all the resources and connections to put together thrilling video. It is not about resources or talent, but lack of will.

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