Malawi’s Pon G and Weapon, a new urban music duo

They came, they saw and now they are on the rise. Pon G and Weapon might be a new name in town, but the duo is slowly becoming a darling to urban music fanatics in the country.

Pure endowment mixed with vast creativity is the best way to describe the brothers born Eugine and Thocco Suwedi, who were encouraged into serious music by their father who used to lead a choir at church.

“Our father’s music background has been an advantage to us because he doesn’t have a problem in us doing music,” says Weapon, real name Thocco.

“In fact he has been very supportive since our music genesis. We believe he is proud of us now that he can see us slowly achieving our dreams,” adds the singer.

New kids on the block, Pon G and Weapon.

The young brothers, who are both composers and songwriters, hit the airwaves recently with their releases ‘Shalala’, ‘Tangondipatsa Mpata’ and ‘Uzingomvetsetsa’. The songs have received good response, getting airplay and requests on most of the radio stations across the country.

“At first when we were doing ‘Tangondipatsa Mpata’, we really had no idea that it would hit like this, until it got played on radio, the response from the people was encouraging, it led to the another production and we decided to shoot the video, which has tripled the hype of the song,” says Pon G, who also doubles as a producer.

While acknowledging the stiff competition in the local music industry, the artist does not hide but to say: “We thank God that our dreams are slowly becoming true and to us the sky is the limit. We will continue to do our best and give people quality music.”

The two artists, who say get their inspiration from Malawi’s award-winning Afro-Pop singer Maskal, Nigeria’s P-Square and US-based Senegalese Akon, will be launching their debut album ‘Our Time’ this weekend.

A 16-track compilation, the CD will be unveiled at Mkango Lodge, Chileka Roundaabout, in Blantyre on Saturday, 24th November.

“We really pushed hard for this album, without a sponsor but we managed to come up with best album,” says Thocco, who takes time to thank the Young Malawian and Gifted (YMG) crew for their support towards our album launch show.

“Our Time is about our story and all those people who went through difficult times but never lost focus and kept on doing the right things. It’s a song that gives us the youth control over today and not just control but wisdom to manage our lives.

“We believe that as long as we are the generation of change, it will continue being our time everywhere we go,” explains Eugine.

The launch is expected to bring together a wider assortment of Malawi’s urban musicians including Maskal, Black Jak, Yesaya, Genii Blakk and Renegade, among others.

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