By Tamandani Zimbiri
One of Malawi’s gospel music icons, Ethel Kamwendo Banda will be dropping ‘Ufulu wa Ana’ a song addressing the violation of children’s rights next week.
Speaking with zambuye.com Ethel Kamwendo explained the message that the song carries as it has been directly put in the title.
“Children are being subjected to different kinds of ill-treatment, they don’t have the freedom to enjoy the rights that they are entitled to. As a country, we are not too serious in practice in making sure that children enjoy their rights. We are just putting steps in theory but not working on it practically.” she explained.
The song dwells on issues of children’s school rights, sexual abuse, child marriages, and child labor, just to mention a few.
What’s more interesting is that the song is based on well-researched facts.
“I personally conducted the research in Chikwawa. Had interviews and chats with the children and they opened up about so many things that they are facing in their everyday lives.” she highlighted.
The song which features Waxy Kay has been produced at Tapps Bandawe’s Gold Mountain Media. Kamwendo explained why she chose to work with Waxy on this project.
“Because Waxy Kay is still young and loved by many children he will make a good channel in reaching out to children and youths to fully understand their rights and how they are rightfully supposed to be treated,” she said.
The Mwandikondera hitmaker expressed that she wishes to see transformed communities when people listen to the song.
“People should at least change their attitudes toward children and start treating every child like their own. That is what pleases the Lord. Children should not be vulnerable in their own communities. I so wish to see those working against the violation of children’s rights and their well-being becoming more practical in their duties as they are enforcing the laws. We can have a better Malawi where everyone is free and happy.”
Ethel Kamwendo mentioned that they will be done with the video shooting in come next two months.