Spoken word artist Marumbo Sichinga launches his third extended playlist (EP) titled Things I wish I Said with a special poetry session called Speak Out Slam on November 9.
In an interview, the poet said the EP is about past lessons, his self-actualisation into the person he is now and summation of his past.
“The launching of this collection is my reminiscent of my youth,” he said.
Sichinga said he will be supported by poet Qabaniso Malewezi, Phindu Zaie Banda, Wati Nungu and Maclean Mbepula. The event will take place at Woodlands in Lilongwe.
The poet said this project was birthed from a desire to speak on things that matter to him but usually are not spoken of.
“We all have moments where we wish we had spoken upon certain topics and something holds us back, whether fear, lack of knowledge or courage but art allows us to speak in those moments,” he said.
In a separate interview, Banda said she will be speaking out about issues she is passionate about.
She said: “I am known to be a very emotional performer and this show will have even more of my heart and soul. I will be speaking out about ending gender-based violence against women and girls and the importance of breaking the silence.”
Adding that she is constantly looking to tell stories that need to be discussed but are hidden in a culture of silence.
On his part, Malewezi said Marumbo has been consistent on improving his craft and also developing his brand as a spoken word artist.
“His ability to cut across themes and topics has earned him his own space on the country’s poetic landscape. I am happy and excited to be on the line-up [as the oldest poet] and I look forward to sharing the stage with the best,” he said.
Malewezi said he has prepared a range of poems, some old and others new.
Other acts to support the launch are musicians Kelvin Sings and George Kalukusha, visual artists Dead Rose, lerato Honde and Eve Chisambiro.