Malawi music diluted: Hip-hop artist IKK bemoans piracy

One of the country’s hip-hop artists, IKK has bemoaned how influx of ‘bubblegum artists’ on the music scene, saying their presence has diluted what was expected to be lucrative industry.

Urban artist IKK

Urban artist IKK

IKK real name Ishmael Kachali who has just released his 2016 first video Fire, has also bemoaned the impact of piracy.

IKK told Nyasa Times in an interview that said currently the industry is full of artists who lack composure and creativity, a development that has negatively impacted on the growth of the local music industry.

“Frankly speaking, Malawi music is being diluted by bubblegum artists. Everyone wants to be a musician and in the end we have artists that imitate foreign acts or lack composure and creativity,” bemoaned IKK.

He added:” Piracy is also killing the industry. Seriously we need concerted efforts if local artists are to benefit from their sweat because piracy is on another level and is forcing serious and mature
artists to be less with their productions”.

IKK revealed he was currently focusing on penetrating international scene following his work with a Ghanaian producer Jay Love on a song Fire in which he featured Ndefeyo’s artist, Bucci.

Jay Love produced the song’s instrumentation but recordings were done at Step-Up Records by Don Foxxy in Chirimba.

“So far am looking forward to take my music across the boarders and am already in contact with big producers from outside the country like Jay Love”.

The song currently enjoying airplay on local radio and televisions can be downloaded on Malawi Music.com and NyimboZathu.com.

The  urban Hip-hop artist who has been in the industry since 2011 released a mix-tape in 2012  ‘The Future is now’ which he gave out to the fans for free.

IKK is From Blantyre and his music reflects the reality of the society across the world.

A Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) Business management (ABA) student, IKK has once worked with other renowned artists such as Blakjak, Nepman,  Yesaya, trumel, Young love and Daredevils.

He is yet to release another video Zoona Zanga featuring Zeze.

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