President of the Musicians Union of Malawi Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango made the remarks after one of the rap musicians in the country Mwiza Chavura composed a rape song that attracted mixed reactions from various sections of Malawi society.
Mhango however said the country needs songs that would contribute to the national development.
“We are very sad as Union that we have heard a lot of songs from young upcoming artists that are not in line with our culture. We need songs that upholds our cultural values; we need to do more as a Union; we need songs that can promote unity,” said Rev Mhango adding that songs should not violate rights of other people in society.
Mhango added that the Union shall not tolerate any musician that violates the rules of the Union in the songs. He added that the Union will engage stakeholders to make sure that artists are not copying foreign cultures that are not in line with Malawian values.
Music in Malawi like any other society in the world is a way of life and not just a form of entertainment. Music is used in vital aspects of life. Culture of a society is deeply rooted in its music. Music is used to communicate, pass literature among others.