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09/07/2016: GIDDES CHALAMANDA PERFORMS AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

On Tuesday July 5, 2016 the legendary 86 year-old Malawian musician, Giddes Chalamanda, performed at the Library of Congress in Washington DC alongside Edgar ndi Davis. The performance was part of the fulfillment of Giddes Chalamanda’s dream as a young boy to come to America.

The event was hosted by the Library’s Middle Eastern and African Division. It was held in the Whittall Pavilion, patronized by people of all walks of life, Americans and Malawians.

The event was video recorded for posterity in the annals of the Library of Congress. Speaking at the event, Ambassador Necton D. Mhura said that recording the music at the Library of Congress is an invitation to researchers and music lovers to study and enjoy unique Malawian music.

The Ambassador mentioned that music and dance are an integral part of Malawian life. Malawi has many traditional dances including Vimbuza, Gule Wamkulu and Tchopa(Sopa). These three traditional dances have been recognized by UNESCO as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Ambassador Necton Mhura thanked the Library of Congress for hosting the event and contributing to the realization of Giddes Chalamanda’s dream.

 

July, 5th 2016