Putting his career on the line, rising Afro-pop musician Dan Lu has released a People’s Party (PP) campaign song that aims at drawing votes for the party in next year’s elections.
The Uhule ndi Mtima and It’s Part of Life So hitmaker, who has signed a five-year recording contract with South Africa’s Sisqo Production label, announced the release of PP Yanyamuka which is based on the slogan of the ruling People’s Party (PP).
Dan Lu joins a lengthening list of artists singing praise of political rulers.
There is a long line of musicians before him that have been caught in the frenzy that catches fire in the run-up to national elections.
However, Dan Lu sounded jittery about the venture, acknowledging that the single might shatter the broadening fan base he has cultivated following five albums since his Shuppie debut at the turn of the millennium.
He says it’s part of life to venture into new themes after a decade of singing about love, marriage and HIV and Aids.
Dan Lu declared: “I know some people may not like it. Artists have been singing political leaders for time immemorial, but I want to praise the president for her achievements while she is still in power.
“Malawians can sing about anything they dislike, but it will not help us a nation. I think the president, the first female Head of State and Government in Southern Africa, needs every Malawian’s encouragement to continue doing the marvelous deeds she has been doing since her ascendancy to the throne in April last year.”
The artist was speaking for the first time since the recording of the single at R&B star Lulu’s Mathumela Studios in Lilongwe last month.
Among other things, the song hails President Banda’s administration for ending the scarcity of fuel shortages which left Malawians spending nights on queues in empty filling stations and shortages of foreign currency which sent the business and health sector melting down.
Just like that, PP Yanyamuka compares and contrasts JB’s year in power with the darkest chapter of her predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika’s rule which forms the talking point of Soldier Lucius Banda scathing hit, Life.
In the end, Dan Lu enters a hall of political singers blazed by Soldier’s Yellow and the late Amina Tepatepa’s Saliwokha Atcheya in praise of United Democratic Front as well as Phungu Joseph Nkasa’s Mose Walero and Dr Crowd’s A Bingu in support of Mutharika. And this is the week award-winning Afrojazz veteran Wambali Mkandawire was named in Malawi Congress Party national executive.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :