A Mzuzu based artist has taken a bold step in the history of urban music in the country by producing a music album to be distributed free of charge with an aim of educating the youths.
The artist, Jray the Boomerang, (real name Raymond Midaya) told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the 10-track album dubbed ‘Yaulele’ literally meaning “for Free”, has songs with different messages ranging from HIV and AIDS related issues, religious values and respect of moral values by young people.
“I produced this album for free because I thought I had a message that needed to be shared to people out there. I wanted it to reach out to every individual without any challenge, hence it being distributed for free,” he said.
In his track ‘Wachita chani pa moyo wako’ the artist portrays how it will be like on the judgment day. He portrays an individual being shown a recap of their own life style while they were on earth.
In the title track ‘Yaulere’, he takes time to appreciate God for giving him the talent to sing and how he decided to allow other people to benefit freely from his talent.
Anandipatsa luso langa mwaulele [he gave me this talent for free]
Luso la kawawa luso la usasewele [a great talent that should not be wasted]/
Nchifukwa chake ine ndipeleka mwaulele [that’s why I give it for free]/
Uthenga woti anthu onse aumvere [a message that everyone must hear]
He continues to bemoan evil practices by some quarters of the society such as men that defile young girls, men and women sleeping with people of the same sex and also tendencies by society to accuse old people of witchcraft.
The artist who will begin shooting the video of the album on Sunday 2nd June, 2013 is not a stranger in the entertainment circles. He has worked with various artists such as Nameless and the late Vick Marley in the year 2000 and released his first gospel single, ‘Dragon’ in 2001.
Commenting on the current progress of urban music in the northern city, he said lack of passion for music in the artists is what is hindering its growth because artists are driven by fame and love of money.
“An artist who has passion for what he is doing will invest a lot of time and resources in what they are doing because they want their music to have a positive impact on their audience.
“Artists need to take time working on their music whether it is audio or video so that they can give their audience an album worth their money or patronage,” he said.
The album which features artists such as Slessor Munthali and Thurnder was finalized in 2012 and is enjoying air play on different media houses in the country.
“Currently, no specific promotional activities have been set as I’m yet to officially launch the album,” he said.
However, he said people can download the songs both audio and video on YouTube; www.youtube.com/user/