On the event of a landmark 18th album, Malawian music icon Lucius Banda has taken a different approach in his songwriting, opting to telling more personal stories that the standard practice of writing to please the audience.
In an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times in Lilongwe on Thursday June 4,2015, the legendary musician said with ‘Thank You’, the attempt was to create an album that is more personal.
The reggae influenced Sagona tackles the issue of envy among Malawians, which Soldier says leads to people wanting to acquire wealth by whatever means necessary.
Nthungululu, written by award-winning Afro-soul singer and producer Lawi, is a vibrant, danceable tune that is already a hit at weddings and parties.
But it is in the gospel track Ndilirabe where Lucius gets really personal, pleading for God’s mercy and protection.
“When I was writing songs in the past, I used to consider what people would love to listen to. But ‘Thank You’ is my album, it is personal. If I were a not a musician and just a music fan, this is the music I would want to listen to,” Lucius aka ‘Soldier of the poor’ told Nyasa Times.
As such, Lucius said he has written an album that he will listen to and entertain himself with. He attributed his courage to try something new to the realisation that the Malawian music audience is maturing.
“It would be a great mistake for someone to fret with that idea that musically, we are where we were four years ago. Malawi has progressed a lot in that front. So, for me personally, it gives me great pleasure that it’s no longer a burden to be an artist in Malawi because I don’t have to be cautious when writing my music,” he said.
The 45-year-old graying musician, who is also UDF Member of Parliament for Balaka North, has previously relied on personal experience to write his song.
For instance, one of his albums, ‘Cell 51 Maximum’, was inspired by his prison experience eight years ago.
And in Ndilirabe, the music legend relies on his personal experience to showcase his storytelling flair again.
“I wrote the song in Karonga when I really needed God on my side. We had travelled to Karonga for a show when it started raining heavily just before the performance. We had a large contingent which included some Zambian musician.
“So, I was in my room on my knees praying to God, asking him to have mercy on me as we needed the rain to stop so that we could perform and raise money to pay for our expenses and also pay the Zambian musicians. And God answered my prayer because the rain stopped and we had a successful show. Ndilirabe is that prayer,” he explained.
‘Thank You’ will be launched at the end of the month in two corporate events in Blantyre and Lilongwe where he will be backed by his Zembani Band.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :