Birds Will Sing by Masauko (Malawi/ USA)

While the current period has been difficult for artists worldwide, I have not struggled to find creative inspiration. This is because creating music is my way of healing, and the process allows me to continue believing regardless of external challenges. I try to write more from my heart than my head, allowing my pain, joy, confusion and hurt to pour from me through song. It is in this way that songwriting is my release - music is a truly cathartic experience. 

From a young age, I enjoyed music - preferring it to all of my other activities academic or otherwise. I began singing in church as a young child, and at age 14 I was asked to join my friends’ band playing the bass guitar and singing. After a couple of years, I realized that music was my life path - and just as I chose music, music chose me. My parents have been powerful influences on my musical journey; thus, I often write songs with my mother and have taken lyrics from my father’s past political speeches. 

I was immediately drawn to the “Solidarity for All” initiative since solidarity has been a central concept in my upbringing and how I lead my life.

During these turbulent times, I believe we cannot hope to succeed without coming together and supporting one another however possible.