SINGER Eric Trinta has come out of hibernation to bash the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, saying it is a "dull" ministry which has failed to create products.
In an interview this week, Trinta also announced plans of an arts house in Lilongwe which he has dubbed Nyamithambo Arts House.
"The Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture is a dull ministry because it has failed to create products to sell and I have these solutions. There is nothing they are doing to connect tourism, wildlife and culture and yet we have the resources," charged Trinta.
The singer, who has several albums to his credit including MbuyaJeso, said to show that his plans are solid, he is setting up the arts house as a tool to continue his campaign on the Cultural Policy.
"Malawians do not realise up to now that this is a mother policy which is lacking in our system. This policy has potential of turning Malawi 's fortunes around in terms of employment and culture.
Few people realise that due to lack of culture policy as Malawi we have failed to create employment for more than six million people who can only be employed by their skills in places where they are," he said.
He said time will come when he will drill the Malawian cabinet on the importance of having cultural policy. He said Malawi seems divided along regions because of the absence of the cultural policy which could have united all cultures into "Malawi".
Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Culture Daniel Liwimbi has been quoted as saying that he is ashamed with the absence of the policy.
Trinta, who in the past years once harboured ambitions of contesting for the hot seat of Musicians Association of Malawi (Mam) president, said he has always put arts in the forefront hence coming up with the Arts House.
"This is called The Nyamithambo Arts House which is being built in Lilongwe Area 25A. This is more of a pioneer project and I am planning to roll out others if this idea works out for Malawi," he said.
He said this is a house made up of a studio for music and video and also production units plus distribution arena.
Trinta noted that the country has neglected art and there is a need for causes, such as his, to come up hence his undertaking of the project which he said will be fully operational by December 2012.
"There will also be trainings as well for music and drama. We will be fully licensed by the authorities. As an artist I felt it will be good to lead by example on what artists want in Malawi. These are some of the services artists are lacking and I want to grow a seed which if copied, professionalism will grow in arts," said Trinta.
He said the arts house will incorporate everything further adding, that they are introducing new products for choral groups who do not have a chance of playing live music as they have a full band equipment special for trainings.
"We will host everything from poetry, drama, music and also tailor made arts activities, video recording and production. We want to separate composers from singers, currently in Malawi a composer is also a singer which is failing us a great deal," said Trinta.