Malawi music interesting— Paul Banda

Legendary musician Paul Banda, dubbed ‘Sir’ in the Malawi music circles has described the music industry in the country as very interesting.

In an exclusive interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Banda who is the founder of Alleluya Band and owns Imbilani Yahwe (IY) studio in Balaka said unlike in the past, Malawians now have a choice of music.

“I can say we have reached a stage that I can call interesting. In the past people complained that the music they were listening to was not good but now people have a choice to listen to good music.

“There are many youth who are doing a commendable job, composing good music with good advice. Malawi music has taken a step in the right direction,” he said.

Paul Banda

Paul Banda

On music production, Banda, who has released over 15 albums, categorised Malawian studios into two and every musician has a choice depending on what he/she wants.

“With the coming in of computers, studios are divided into two. Some are just for fun but if you are a serious musician, you can find a studio that can give you quality production that people can listen to for generations to come and still praise that someone did a good job,” he said.

Paul Banda has mentored a lot of musicians in Malawi including his younger brother Lucius Banda, Charles Sinetre, Coss Chiwalo and many more.

The 50-year-old is the first Malawi musician to put his music on cassettes. He has performed with his Alleluya Band through his music career but currently does not perform on stage regularly.

Over the weekend Banda, lit up the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (Amecea) fundraising Gospel music bash in Lilongwe.

Amecea is a Catholic service organisation for the National Episcopal Conferences of the eight countries of Eastern Africa, Malawi is set to host the conference next year.

For two hours and 30 minutes, Banda who turns 50 next month entertained the patrons that included both the young and the old, with songs like Malilime, Muzisankhire Njira, Konzani Moyo, Mwanayo and Zonse Zabwino.

Apart from Banda, other artists who performed include Thoko Katimba, Mlaka Maliro, The Great Angels Choir and Alleluya Band.

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