Malawi's Lucius Banda heads South Africa for 17th album – Time

In a bid of venturing into the ever-elusive international music market, Lucius Banda, indisputably the biggest name in Malawi music, is seeking the helping hand of renowned South African musicians to help him out with his 17 album, Time.

Speaking exclusively to Nyasa Times prior to his South African sojourn, the musician said in South Africa, he will enlist the skills of Slaves, the instrument players who used to back the legendary Lucky Dube.

“I am working on a Lucky Dube tribute song and I hope that I can build on the good relationship with the Slaves so that I record a few songs with them,” he said.

Lucius said he also hopes to work with iconic South African musician Hugh Masekela.

Lucius Banda:Time

“I will be recording with Erik Paliani and he is really close to Hugh Masekela and the intention is to also get Hugh on the album,” he said, adding that he also held talks with South African house musician Professor for a possible collaboration.

“The thinking is that the more international artists we incorporate, then the better for us because that means more exposure,” said the musician, famed as Soldier.

He also disclosed that in a bid to curb rampant piracy of Malawian music in South Africa, he will seek to engage music distributors to coerce them to start stocking Malawian music in their shops.

“It’s high time Malawians in South Africa stopped buying pirated music. But they have no choice because the music is not there in the shops. So I will try to negotiate with the distributors so that together we can find a lasting solution,” he said.

According to Lucius, Time, set to be launched in March, is packed with music that is cross-cutting.

“The album has something for everyone. I have love songs in there, a purely urban song titled Tseke Tseke and several gospel songs such as Papa’s House, Alleluya and Boss’ Wife,” the musician said.

On the choice of Time as the album title, Lucius says everything occurs according to time.

“That is why we say there is time for everything. However, let me put it on record that the title doesn’t imply that it’s time I called it quits on music. I will not quit music because music is like food and cannot be abandoned. If anything, it’s a question of growing with music,” he explained.

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