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23 September, 2020

Nkhani Mchitumbuka

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The voice of the unheard

Chisiza Teams Up With Yona Mlakatuli On Voice Of The Unheard

Germany-based Malawian Legend, Manasseh Chisiza, who is also a theatre artist, has teamed up with upcoming poet, Yona Mlakatuli, in a poem titled ‘Voice of the Unheard’ against abduction and killings of people with albinism.

The musical poetry piece written and arranged by Chisiza, who is also a theatre artist, is a piece that talks about the abduction of people living with albinism, a malpractice that has persisted in the country for a number of years.

In an interview Wednesday, Chisiza said he thought of writing the poem as a message and voice to the nation.

“Poetry to me is like the voice for the voiceless and I use it to express the feelings of others that fail to do so,’’ said Chisiza.

He described killings and abductions of people with albinism as acts that need sincere condemnation and zero tolerance, saying the said people are like any other person and should be given equal rights.

“People that are born with albinism are people like everyone else and not just that, but they are our brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers. “So, abduction of our own family members is an act that should not be tolerated,” said Chisiza.

In a separate interview, Yona Gondwe (stage name Yona Mlakatuli), said the poetry piece has come at the right time when there could be others that have had a hand in issues to do with abductions of people with albinism but are still hiding.

Chisiza launches his poetry

“It is our duty as artists (poets) to speak for justice, especially using our talents,” said Mlakatuli.

He said the musical piece is expected to be officially released on Saturday, August 15, 2020.