Lilongwe: A Lilongwe based gospel arts theatre group, New Beginning Arts Theatre (NBAT) said they are committed to inspiring all youths regardless of their denominations within and outside the city through gospel shows, music, dancing, poetry, narration and drama.
NBAT is a group of youths from various churches within and outside the city of Lilongwe; it was formed in 2006 but started to be active in 2012. In 2016 they released a series of comedies known as MPOPA’S CRAZY.
In 2017 the group entered into a competition of Superior country wide drama competition and right now they are central region champions waiting for the national finals to be done on 26 May this year. The group, comprising thirty members, meets at Lilongwe Falls Assemblies of God.
In an interview, Mphatso Ngwira Mkandawire who is in the executive committee of the group as head of costume and props design in the department of drama said: Our main aim is to teach youths and the public in all areas of life like social, spiritual, physical, mental and others through our talents that God gave us.
Mkandawire added that their activities carry the message of issues that affect youths like early marriages which lead to school dropouts, issues of HIV and Aids, corruption, drug and substance abuse, effects of bad cultural practices and many others.
However, the group has organised a drama show on at Lilongwe community centre hall as part of fundraising for a one day crusade at Nkhadzi in Mchesi, Lilongwe on 8 June 2018.
We did not want to be just begging that’s why we thought of using our talents to raise funds for the evangelism crusade but if there are well-wishers who want to help us they are most welcome, he highlighted.
He further said they have invited different gospel artists to spice up the event such as Andy Seko, Blessed B, Dzuwa, Msonkhamanja CCAP youth arts theatre, Rise and Shine Youth Club including the President of the Malawi Poetry Association, central region chapter, Patwell Phiri.
He said though it is their first time to organise such a show at regional level people should expect a lot of good and wonderful performances from them.
The group would want to see people being saved and come to know Jesus Christ as their lord and personal Saviour through their talents.
We encourage all people to come and see what we have prepared for them; they should also know that there is always hope that will sprout again because we walk by faith not by site, he assured.
In the next five years the group which has thirty members wants to have their own bus, studio equipment like cameras for easy production of movies, music, videos which will be at the international level.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA