As an independent NGO in 2007, MCMAL created the Music Crossroads Training Centre in the capital city of Lilongwe. The centre has spacious rooms for holding indoor trainings and workshops, and a large open garden area ideal for outdoor activities and for young musicians to come to relax, hold meetings and regular jam sessions. As the project’s headquarters, the centre is a hub of all cultural activity and is open for use by other organizations as well as local member musicians.
The center’s activities include practical music training for all bands, catering for those who do not have their own space and equipment; specially tailored training workshops in voice, guitar, keyboard, drums, percussion, stage presence/ awareness; song composition; and much more. Leadership skills, HIV/AIDS, and gender issues also form a core part of the activities at the centre, making sure that musicians are not only equipped with musical knowledge but life lessons too.
With support from “In Tune for Life”, we have put up a state of the art recording studio called “Record for Life studio 1”. This is not a commercial studio - we intend to help young people record songs aimed at raising awareness on various issues including health, HIV/Aids, environment and youth development. The studio also gives many young musicians who aspire to create their own albums, the chance to reach their dreams. This initial studio experience benefits musicians as well as the producers, as both learn together on the path to a more professional sound. The centre also offers a range of musical instruments - free of charge to its members, such as traditional drums, all band equipment, a PA system, percussion as well as computer services.
Many new initiatives are taking shape such as Hear Us Children’s choir, Music Crossroads Model choir, Children’s Recorder Ensemble, Young in Prison, Music Education Project, Music Crossroads Band, Record for Life studio 1,Choral Workshops and daily instruments training.