By Moses Nyirenda
Lilongwe, November 18, Mana: A Lilongwe-based events management firm, Focus 265 Management is on a mission to financially empower women musicians in the country to help them realise their goals.
This follows the support given to a Blantyre-based dancehall reggae musician, Cookie Kay who has been financially assisted to be organising events such as shows on her own in order to generate income.
For the first time, Cookie Kay has organised a show titled ‘Go Konko Music Party’ which will take place at Nachipere Gardens in Thyolo District on November 21, 2020 in which various artists including Jay Jay Cee, Struggle B, Wanga GTS will perform.
In an interview, one of the Focus 265 Management Managers, DJ Tawa said his company decided to start empowering female artists in other aspects apart from music as one way of broadening their talents.
“The idea is basically looking at what female musicians can do apart from being musicians in order to enhance their talents.
“For Cookie Kay, the idea of organising events is something which she believes is in her, that is why we are supporting her,” DJ Tawa said.
DJ Tawa added that as a company, they would support female artists in fields such as tailoring and business based on their area of interest.
“We are not restricting the artists, hence we are giving them an opportunity to choose any field of business which they can manage to pursue,” he said.
Commenting on the same, another Focus 265 Management Manager, Khumbo Maononga said they were eyeing to empower female artists to enable them have other means of generating income apart from depending on music only.
“Our main focus is to support women musicians with other skills that would enable them to generate income instead of relying on music alone,” Maononga said.
In her remarks, Cookie Kay commended Focus 265 Management for putting more attention to female artists, saying it would assist them to achieve their dreams.
“I really appreciate the good work which Focus 265 Management is doing. This will assist us as female artists to develop ways of helping ourselves financially in order to achieve our goals,” Cookie Kay said.
Focus 265 Management is currently working with four female artists namely Cookie Kay, Grewiz, Finah and Fresh Diva.