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Young Malawians in music mentorship program underway in Lilongwe

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The State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Arts Envoy Program through the U.S. Embassy has partnered with Nvak, an American non-profit organization to provide year-round, in-person and remote lessons in songwriting, music production, audio engineering, marketing, and public relations to young Malawians.

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With a $55,000 grant from the State Department and additional funding provided by Madonna Ciccone’s non-profit, Raising Malawi, the program is taking place in Malawi for the first time.

According to a statement, the program runs from November 4th to November 21st at Music Crossroads Academy in Lilongwe.

“The inaugural group of 17 talented female musicians are attending a free songwriting and production workshop, taught by a respected team of professional songwriting and production teachers. Nvak has brought leading songwriters and producers from the United States to teach their craft and work with the students hands-on, recording music in the studio.

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“The students will learn songwriting, top-lining, production and basics of engineering, and how to release music for a global stage. Each participant will write an original song, workshop the music with the staff, and complete a demo,” reads the statement in part.

Selected musicians from the group will have the additional opportunity to have their original music produced by the visiting producers.

There is also the additional opportunity for the artists to perform their work live at a concert on November 16th at Latitude 13 Hotel from 2-5pm and Bingu International Conference Centre during the African Fashion and Arts Festival from 6:30pm, both in Lilongwe.

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