Malawi’s rising female musician, Sangie, is billed to perform at the 35th Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Heads of State and Government Summit in Botswana.
The summit opens today and closes tomorrow in Gaborone.
The artist, famous for the hit I Do It All For Love, is among six artists picked to perform at the opening ceremony today.
Other musicians to perform at the event include South Africa’s Siphokazi Maraqana, Zambia’s Scarlet, Mozambican Anita Macuacua and two others from Lesotho and Seychelles.
Confirming the trip, Sangie’s manager Promise Matatiyo also disclosed that the vocalist, who flew out on Friday, spent the weekend in South Africa for a recording session.
“There are 15 artists from Sadc picked to record an anthem called Imoshi—We Are One, which spreads the message in protection of the ecosystem in the region.
“Out of the 15, only six will perform at the summit and Sangie will be representing Malawi as the country’s ambassador of the ‘Imoshi’ project,” disclosed Matatiyo in an interview.
The Imoshi—We Are One project is produced by Akwafrica Productions and an invitation letter confirms: “You [Sangie] are one of those six artists who we delightedly found to be appropriate for Gaborone and continuing to be part of our family”.
Reacting to her invitation, Sangie, who has been in the limelight for less than a year, described it as a dream come true.
“From the start, I wanted my music to go international and working with Sadc artists is also a big thing not only for me but my country too,” she said. “I get to set to my fellow young girls [that] hard work pays. Being a girl is a most precious thing.”
The 20-year-old added: “Thanks to the team behind Sangie, it’s barely a year and I am already going countries”.
According to the correspondence, after the recording and performance at the summit, Sangie is expected to represent Malawi in several more events in the next two years.
Furthermore, Akwafrica is expected to host the Mankind´s Home TV show to be broadcast for 30 days as they record the Imoshialbum with the 15 artists.
Project Imoshi has been endorsed by the Mandela International Film Festival and given an annual exhibition in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, starting on the December 5 2015.