Jaco Jana (to the right) performing with support at Tumaini Festival 2016. 
Photo: Vilde Nakkim .Jaco Jana (to the right) performing with support at Tumaini Festival 2016. Photo: Vilde Nakkim

Looking for a musical career?

Registration for the music program is now open for applicants between the ages of 18-30, starting 9 January 2017. Enrol in the Music Crossroad Academy which offers a yearly professional certificate program for young and promising talents with basic music knowledge. The program provides affordable and innovative music education, enabling artists to pursue a career in music. In addition to empower young people through music, the academy contributes to the growth of the music industry and sector in this culturally rich country. The Norwegian Embassy has supported the organisation since the establishment of the Music Crossroads academies in 2013.

Music Crossroads is a non-profit organisation present in Malawi, as well as southern African countries, initiated in 1995. In 2013, the academies were recently established in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, offering music education for young musicians. The organisation has involved thousands of musicians from the respective countries, reaching more than a million spectators in southern Africa since its inception.

The one-year music program focusing on African and African-descendant styles of music, and provides the student with practical and theoretical training, including workshops related to management and business, access to music instruments, courses within music theory and vocal training and facilities such as rehearsal rooms. 

Dreams do come true. Malawian musician Jaco Jana, which was one of the artists performing at Tumaini Festival 2016 last week, graduated from Music Crossroad Academy. He then continued his music studies at Trøndertun Folkehøyskole in Norway.  Through his education at the Music Crossroads Academy and in Norway, he has been able to pursue a musical career. His album “I will shine” is now out for sale. After completing his studies, Jaco is still highly involved with the work of Music Crossroads in Malawi – now as a volunteer teaching guitar lessons.

For more information about the application process contact +265 (0) 999 916 799 / +265 (0) 0 881 520 330 or go to Malawi Music Crossroads homepage click here (you can also visit their offices in Area 23, Lilongwe).  

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