MADONNA ENDORSES MALAWI’S LAZARUS
American pop superstar Madonna has endorsed Lazarus, an emerging musician from Malawi who is leading the way towards social change for people with albinism in Africa. The pop icon, who is also the Executive Producer of Lazarus documentary, described the Malawian artist as “A powerful voice of a new generation in Malawi”.
According to Lazarus management team, the artist is bravely bringing his voice and his story to an international audience by being the subject of a documentary that will premiere at the Tribeca film festival on April 27th.
The documentary is Directed and Produced by Oscar nominated, Emmy winning filmmakers David Darg and Bryn Mooser while Madonna is an Executive Producer on the film.
The film also documents the real risks that people with albinism in Malawi live with each day as kidnappings and murders take place because of the unfounded belief in their power.
The scoring of the film by Johan Hugo is made from tiny loops of Lazarus’ vocal, banjo, and drum with additional piano by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons.
“Lazarus is quickly becoming a leader in the movement towards change for people with albinism, with he and his team garnering support from the United Nations, Amnesty International, Oxfam, the US Ambassador in Malawi, and people in the music and film industry who rally behind Lazarus to stop the killings of people with albinism,” reads a statement made available to storiesnow.co
Lazarus debut album, ‘Stomp on the Devil’, will be released in September 2019. Produced by UK based Producer, Johan Hugo (Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best), the album brings listeners to the streets of Malawi, where the album was produced on-site.
Meanwhile, the album’s first single “Ndife Alendo” is currently buzzing on both local and international radio stations.Commenting on the song, Lazarus said “Ndife Alendo” is a gospel song which advises people that they do not belong to this world but in heaven, saying human beings are visitors who are simply passing by.
“People with albinism are being brutally attacked, abducted and killed as if we are strangers. Therefore, my goal and purpose is to fight this vice,” Lazarus explains.
He further advised that there is nothing magical about people with albinism, saying they do not make people rich or have good fortune.
“These are all lies,” he says.