Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa, made the remarks Saturday in Blantyre during an Action for Adolescents and Youth Programme (A4A and Y) graduation music initiative that was set up to support talented young Malawians.
The graduation which took place at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall saw 43 people graduating after a year-long A4A and Y Making of the Band and Multipurpose Youth Center Programme.
Mussa said employment creation and livelihood promotion among vulnerable youth is a priority for the Malawi government in its wish to do away with poverty.
“What we are witnessing today is a milestone in the history of Malawi. This music Initiative called Action for Adolescents and Youth Programme (A4A and Y) has its main agenda to promote talented Malawians in music as one way of empowering them,” said Mussa.
According to Mussa, the initiative seeks to support young people to record their music and learn how to play music equipment such as drums, guitars and even how to sing.
“It is MalawI’s wish to have well trained musicians who can represent the country abroad in several ways. In so doing, they can put our country on the map like other famous musicians in the name of Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi,” said Mussa.
Commenting on the development, UNICEF Malawi’s Education of Youth Specialist, Kimanzi Muthengi said his organization is passionate about the organisation's interest to sponsor the initiative in support of making music as a career for the youth.
Muthengi urged the Government of Malawi to continue investing in young people as doing so could promote the country’s agenda of creating employment through skills development.
“No young person is born without talent. What is important is to give him or her a platform. Music is one of the careers that youth can go for. You can have careers in many fields like sport, just as long as the youth are happy with that; it doesn’t matter, that is his or her future,” he said.
Also commenting on the development, Active Youth Initiative for Social Enhancement (AYISE) Executive Director Marcel Chisi said his organization is partnering government in the initiative as one of its outreach programmes.
Chisi said the programme seeks to harness the talents of different individuals and develop viable music careers of young people and help them achieve their dreams.
In the programme, Mibawa has been engaged to support upcoming talented musicians in training and recording their music.
A total of 566 young people attended auditions for the programme last year and 43 made it.