Alleluya Band to be at the 2015 Exhibition of the Holy Shroud

Fr. Mario with the Alleluya Band

Fr. Mario with the Alleluya Band

Fr. Mario Pacifici will today Friday, 19 June lead the Alleluya band members at the new 2015 Exhibition of the Holy Shroud in Turin. The Alleluya band members with other pilgrims will thus be able to admire the Holy Shroud from close up.

This is the shroud in which, according to tradition, the body of Christ was wrapped after he was lowered down from the cross. The Exhibition of the Holy Shroud will start at April 19, 2015 and will last until June 24, 2015, St. John’s Day. Throughout the period of the Exhibition of the Holy Shroud in Turin, the Salesians have organised a full program of events and initiatives to commemorate the charism of St. John Bosco, Father and Teacher of youth.

According to their website, during the Exhibition of the Holy Shroud, on June 21, 2015, there will also be an extraordinary visit by Pope Francis in Turin.

The Exhibition of the Holy Shroud in Turin in 2010 brought over a million and a half pilgrims to the capital of Piedmont, but the simultaneous holding of the Milan Expo and numerous other events organised for the occasion in Turin, the number of pilgrims and tourists for the 2015 programme could be much higher.

History of the Holy Shroud of Turin dates back to 20 June 1353, when Geoffrey de Charny donated the Holy Shroud to the canons of the collegiate chapter of Lirey, which he himself had founded.

The Holy Shroud was exhibited to the public for the first time in 1357. In 1415, Margaret de Charny, a descendant of Godfrey, took back the cloth and sold it in 1453 to the dukes of Savoy, who kept it in the French town of Chambery, where, unfortunately, a fire in 1532 damaged several parts of it. In 1578 it was taken to Turin, where in the meantime the Savoy dynasty had moved its capital, and it has remained there until the present day, except for brief episodes.

There have only been four exhibitions of the Holy Shroud in Turin over the past 35 years: in 1978, 1998 and 2000 on the occasion of the Jubilee, as in 2010, and now 2015.

The Alleluya band is currently in Italy on a tour of more than 40 shows to raise money for the Comfort Community Hospital in Balaka, Malawi.

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Alleluya Band to Perform at Expo Milano 2015

Alleluya Band led by Fr. Mario Pacifici at Kamuzu International Airport before departure to Italy last year

Alleluya Band led by Fr. Mario Pacifici at Kamuzu International Airport before departure to Italy last year

It is confirmed. The Alleluya Band will perform at Expo Milano 2015 in Italy on Wednesday, 24 June 2015.

“Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” is the core theme of Expo Milano 2015. This common thread runs through all the events organized both within and outside the official Exhibition Site.

The theme coincides with Alleluya band’s main objective of the tour which is not only to raise money to purchase drugs at Comfort Community Hospital where children Under 15 are treated for free but also to make sure that the children admitted at the hospital do not take the drugs on an empty stomach.

According to the Expo Milano 2015 website, the expo will provide an opportunity to reflect upon, and seek solutions to, the contradictions of our world.

“On the one hand, there are still the hungry (approximately 870 million people were undernourished in the period 2010-2012) and, on the other, there are those who die from ailments linked to poor nutrition or too much food (approximately 2.8 million deaths from diseases related to obesity or to being overweight in the same period). In addition, about 1.3 billion tons of foods are wasted every year.”

It is for these reasons, that “we need to make conscious political choices, develop sustainable lifestyles, and use the best technology to create a balance between the availability and the consumption of resources.”

Internationally renowned architects designed the Landscape of Expo Milano 2015. The website reveals that the site comprises an area of 1.1 million square meters, easily accessible from Milan and the surrounding areas. Expo Milano 2015 includes an exposition garden with more than 12,000 trees, water features and a canal. Reflecting the signature urban-planning style of the ancient Romans, the site is based on two wide avenues, the Cardo and the Decumano, which intersect at Piazza Italia. On these avenues stand the pavilions of the participating countries, the public squares and the areas dedicated to events and catering. Constructed to be energy-efficient and sustainable, the buildings are designed to be removed and reused after the event concludes.

Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, is hosting from May 1 to October 31, 2015. Over six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium.

Expo Milano 2015 brings together countries from all over the world, International Organisations, the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the Corporate World.

The Alleluya Band members leave Malawi on Tuesday, 9 June and there are over 40 shows lined up for them across Italy.

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Andiamo Music School Band off to Botswana

Thom Damba (right) playing with Andiamo Music school Band

Thom Damba (right) playing with Andiamo Music school Band

Andiamo Music School Band, the winners of last year’s K15 million Chibuku Road to Fame Music Competition, leaves for Botswana in February as part of the fulfillment of what constituted the winners’ package.

Thom Damba, who is the Instructor at the school, has told the local media that the band is ready for the trip since the band has been preparing for the trip since it won the competition.

“We are just waiting from them. Otherwise, we have been rehearsing since the day we won the competition and the postponement of the trip never made us stop the rehearsals. This is chance for us to show what Malawi is made up of,” The Daily Times of Thursday, January 8, 2015 quotes Damba.

As winners of the competition Andiamo Music School got K1 Million and were awarded a recording deal worth K400, 000 and the trip to Botswana. Andiamo Music School is like a nursery for Alleluya Band, one of the best bands in Malawi.

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Mphipe Lodge to Open on 15 November

InvitationIt is now official, Mphipe Lodge officially opens its doors on 15 November 2014 and we are performing there from 10 in the morning. This is not any other show. We are opening a lodge that will compliment our Annual International Tours that aim to fundraise for the Comfort Community Hospital.

Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust, where we belong, is invite all of you (us) to spend some time here at Cape Maclear, enjoying our beautiful Lake Malawi while supporting Comfort Community Hospital that continues to treat kids below 15 years of age free of charge.

The show is free. Enjoy the lake. Enjoy the meals at Mphipe Restaurant. When you do that, you are supporting the efforts of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust through Comfort Community Hospital.

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Alleluya Band on High Demand

Alleluya Band at Kamuzu International Airport before departure to Italy

Alleluya Band at Kamuzu International Airport before departure to Italy

After a tour of Italy, fans back home missed the live, live shows.

Alleluya band being one of the best bands on the land that offers the definition of live shows is on the road after missing in action for some months.

After Mangochi, Dedza and Salima, Alleluya band this weekend greet its fans in Mchinji at Booze den Friday night.

Saturday is for those Lilongwe fans seeking family entertainment at Safari’s garden, Tay- Taz in the afternoon.

Those Lilongwe fans that cannot make it to Tay Taz will have a chance to welcome Alleluya band from Italy at Club Limpopo on Sunday.

“People should expect international class performance after learning a lot in Italy,” said Alleluya bandleader Coss Chiwalo as the band left Balaka Friday morning.

Many fans countrywide are looking for the shows according to Chiwalo.

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A Big Show in Italy for Malawi

Fr. Mario Pacifici with Zucchero

Fr. Mario Pacifici with Zucchero

All our eyes and hearts will be at Villafranca in Lunigiana – MS on 3 August where Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari and Alleluya band will be performing for Comfort Community Hospital in a show dubbed Mama Africa.

This show is big for many reasons: Zucchero is the world-class musician. He has performed all over the world! Alleluya band is not small either. It was just voted the 2013/14 band of the year in Malawi. The band has also travelled internationally and it hasn’t disappointed. Big artists playing on the same venue makes that show big!

It is official: 3 August 2014

It is official: 3 August 2014

But wait a minute. What makes this show big is not only the names of the artists performing but the intention of holding such an event. This event is meant to raise funds that will help in fighting malaria and pneumonia that continue to claim lives of many children in Malawi!

We can only hope that people of goodwill support this noble cause. Entrance is free and we shall appreciate any donations that will arm us to fight this war. You are invited to sing with us life with joy!

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Alleluya Band Arrives in Italy

Alleluya band arrived Tuesday morning in Italy, ready for about fourty shows. The band, which left Malawi on Monday through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, will hold its first show on Thursday. The shows aim at fundraising for Comfort Community Hospital which is serving thousands of people around Balaka, in Malawi. We shall be giving you updates of the shows.

Fr. Mario and Alleluya Band at Kamuzu International Airport

Fr. Mario and Alleluya Band at Kamuzu International Airport

Alleluya Band boarding the Ethiopian Airlines

Alleluya Band boarding the Ethiopian Airlines

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Alleluya Band Suspends Live Shows

Alleluya Band, the Best All Time Band

Alleluya Band, the Best All Time Band

As is the custom of Alleluya band during Lenten season, the band has suspended all its live shows till Easter. Fr. Mario Pacifici, the patron of the band has reminded the band members to follow the custom.

Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar and it begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Day.

The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial.

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Alleluya Band Hailed

Alleluya band performing at  Motel Paradise

Alleluya band performing at Motel Paradise

Alleluya band led by Coss Chiwalo has been hailed for the grand performance at Motel Paradise in Balaka on Friday, 31 January 2014.

Sam Banda Jnr, writing for The Daily Times of Monday February 3, 2014 says the band showed that its award as Best All Time Band during the Musicians Association of Malawi (Mam) music awards was not a fluke but deserved.

“Their performance was cemented by the energetic dancing of the members and most of their songs were fused with traditional dances among Beni,” writes Banda.

At the same show, the band backed Sr. Paul Banda who according to the same paper left the audience “wild with screams of excitement. Both Alleluya band and Sir Paul Banda won Mam inaugural music awards.

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Alleluya Band to thank fans in Blantyre

Alleluya Band, the Best All Time Band

Alleluya Band, the Best All Time Band

Alleluya band led by Coss Chiwalo will this evening be performing at Motel Paradise in Blantyre and will take the opportunity to thank the fans for voting them the Best All Time Band during Music Association of Malawi (MAM) Awards.

“This [the Motel Paradise Show] will also be a perfect time to thank the fans for supporting us all these years and voting us as the Best All Time Band and as such we will show them that we are the Best All Time Band,” Coss Chiwalo has told a local paper.

Also on the menu tonight is the legendary Sr. Paul Banda, Skeffa Chimoto, Police Orchestra and Rod Valamanja. Mr. Entertainer Jai Banda of Entertainers Promotions has organized the show.

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