Malawi: Lulu Tips Malawi Rising Artists On Raising Profile

27 January 2020

Lilongwe-based artist Lawrence Khwisa popularly known as Lulu has advised up-and-coming artists to use events which they are invited to as a platform for showcasing their talent rather than for making money.

Lulu: Tips up and coming artists Jay Jay Cee: We need to be supported

Lulu was commenting on what a Blantyre-based up-and-coming artist Atikonda Kamowa said recently that young artists are being exploited as some are not paid anything after a show.

"When I was an up-and-coming artist, I never focused on getting paid. I knew that I was unknown to the public hence all I needed was a platform for exposure.

"The other thing that I had in mind is that I did not contribute to the patronage. So, instead, I was aiming to impress the patrons so that they could in future patronise my show," he said.

Lulu further said being an up-and-coming artist is like being a student and few people get paid for learning.

He, therefore, advised up-and-coming artists to focus on perfecting their music art and not money so that they establish themselves in the industry.

"Before I became popular, I played music for years without a coin from the music. I even recall a time when people started mocking me that I had played music for years but still walked on foot.

"Being an up and coming artist is a learning process; for example, now I'm an up-and-coming international artist and this does not mean that if I play with international artists like Davido and George Benson I have to be paid," Lulu said.

He, however, said, ordinarily, when an artist has been invited to a show, they are supposed to be paid unless there is another agreement.

Another well known artist popularly known as Jay Jay Cee said the biggest problem with up and coming artists is luck of resources, and support from people who runs the industry.

"There is need for up-and-coming artists to be supported and motivated to showcase their talent and if they work, let them get paid," he said.

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