Malawi music is laughable, everyone wants to sing like Nigerians –Tutor Chechamba

There is still a long way to go before Malawian music can be taken seriously, veteran music tutor Wenham Chechamba has observed.

Chechamba

Chechamba

According to Chechamba, Malawi music has reached a ‘laughable state’ due to a lack of formal training among the artisans.

His comments come to back the proclamation by reggae musician Limbani Banda that “Malawi music is trash.”

Banda, famous for the hit Chisoni Kumatenda, noted that it will take time for Malawi to establish itself as a country that produces good music.

And Chechamba also pointed out that as much as the young generation of musicians are embracing diversity in their work, they lack a deep understanding of music and originality.

“Yes, there is diversity today, but the music is laughable because it is monotonous in nature,” said Chechamba as quoted by The Nation newspaper.

“ A majority of musicians do not take time to get training in music. As a result, what they sing is repetitive sounds that fall short to be described as music,” he noted, adding that most songs lack basic elements of music such as dynamics, melody, harmony, tone and rhythm.

Currently, according to Chechamba, it is hard to define Malawi music because it is congested with foreign influences such as South African, American and Nigerian touches.

“Today, everyone wants to sing like Nigerians because they have managed to promote their culture aggressively. The same applies to South African music, which has become part of Malawian sounds. But at the end of the day it is the original creators of such types of music that shine and render Malawians useless copycats,” said Chechamba.

Limbani Banda, who is inspired by revered Jamaican reggae icon Peter Tosh and South African reggae musician Lucky Dube, noted that  in Malawi, people start singing “because they seek fame and not necessarily because they are talented. But they do not know what is involves to make good music.”.

Music producer Joseph Tembo, former lawmaker, proposes that Malawi should enact “strong laws aimed at protecting artworks”.

Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) president Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango said the country need “concrete policies” that can help to push local music.

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Dube Gang Hussein
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7 months 29 days ago

Vuto achinyamatawa akungotsata zili zose at kufuna mbiri….ndie ndizosanveka zomwe at ndi Muzk kkkkkkkkkkk

Imraan Sadick
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8 months 6 hours ago

Oyimba apa Malawi Mbuzi! ndati ndiwagulira mbuzi posadziwa kuyimba
Bloody copycats

Yakunowa
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Yakunowa
8 months 14 hours ago

A CheChambawo kodi anatulutsapo chimbale?!Ngati sanatulutsepo achite zimenezo kuti tione kusiyana kwawo ndi enawo. Akhoza kumangotokota zambirimbiri apa. Kukhala tutor wa music sikuti ndiwe dolo odziwa kuimba. Mukhalira beni yemweyo!!

Ex-boy
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8 months 1 day ago

dats truth samtymz u cnt even know dat dis muzic z from Malawi coz thy r jst copying

INEyo
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INEyo
8 months 1 day ago

Izi NDIZOWONA….pali Wannabe ambiri ku Hip hop…Afro Beat ndiye ndi ambiri Tay Grin akapangaFUSE manganje kaya ndi mganda anthu ndikumamuDISSA…..What we lack is originality

Mafeel
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Mafeel
8 months 1 day ago

Ngati zikutivuta kuyendetsa bwino dziko lathu,what more with music?

Buyelekhaya Nginde
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Buyelekhaya Nginde
8 months 1 day ago

@Marcus Zimbiri. Paul Banda or Thomas Chibade are in the minority. The copycats belong in the majority!

Mtumbuka wa Atumbuka
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Mtumbuka wa Atumbuka
8 months 1 day ago

Amalawi mbuzi za anthu zeni zeni. they cant even construct a road, they will steal the funds. nobody loves their country. u cant even sing your own soul

handygama
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handygama
8 months 1 day ago

yes bcos omverafe lovs export songs

saladar saan
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saladar saan
8 months 1 day ago

limbani bandayo ndiye asatokote. i’ve never hear a single good song by him. umamudziwa picksy iwe? nanga tay grin bwa? nyo!

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